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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayeishev: Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz - Yehuda Promises Tamar Goats

When Yehuda met the unidentified Tamar, he promised to send her G'di Izim or goats. Rav Yehonoson Eibshitz says that these goats held deep meaning to the outcome of this whole event.

"The entire episode of Yehuda and Tamar was not befitting a man of Yehuda's stature," says Chazal. It only came about through the hand of Hashem, as this was the earliest beginning of Malchus Bais Dovid which was destined to descend from Tamar. "The goats," say Rav Yehonoson, "symbolized that the great leaders of Klal Yisrael were all shepherds by profession, such as Dovid HaMelech."

"Furthermore the, leadership of Klal Yisrael," says Chazal, "is given to a person with tarnished origins." This happened with Yehuda and Tamar, again with with Boaz and Rus, and then again with Dovid and Basheva. Rav Yehonoson explains that the Satan does not pursue people with severe imperfections. Rather he goes after the cream trying to drag them down. Without the Satan's interference a person can rise to great heights of Avodas Hashem.

The reason why Yaakov needed to take the Brachos in an underhanded way was to trick the Satan into thinking that they hold little value, because they were acquired through deception. "The Gdi Izim," says Rav Yehonoson, "was a remez to Yaakov's taking the Brachos with the assistance of the Gdi Izim that made him feel hairy like EIsav, and to draw a parallel and learn the lesson of this debacle."

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