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"Vayakam Paroh Laila," at midnight of Yetzias Mitzrayim. Paroh got up to the screams across the entire nation (Bo 12:30).  Rashi on these words says one word, "MiMitaso; fom his bed."  What big Chiddush is Rashi telling us here?

The Kotzker Rebbe says (Emes MiKotzk Titzmach 576) that the Maskilim of his day were not really apikursim.  In a time of need you find them hiding somewhere with a Tehilim in their hand.  They are big talkers, but they really believe, although they don't admit it.

If you want to see a real Apikores, look at Paroh.  Hashem wreaked havoc and destruction on Mitzrayim through nine incredible Makos.  Moshe warned Paroh of each one and every word came true.  Now Moshe told Paroh that the Bechorim will die at midnight. 

A normal person would not go to sleep.  Certainly, not the King, especially since he himself was a Bechor.  He would nervously wait up until midnight to see what happens.  Not Paroh.  He got into his pajamas and went to sleep as if it was an ordinary night.  Says the Kotzker Rebbe, "He was an authentic blue blooded apikores.".

It cost him dearly, as over 3000 years later all the kids still sing about Paroh in his pajamas in middle of the night!

Fri, 22 Jan 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Mikeitz: Maskil L'Dovid - The Shevatim's Protocol On Questions About Shidduchim Yehuda angrily tells Yosef, you were looking to libel us by asking probing questions.  You asked, "HaYesh Lachem Av O Ach?; Do you have a father or brother (Vayigash 44:19)?"  Rashi says that Yehuda asked why did you ask us this, do you have a daughter that we were interested in?  Or are you interested in our sister for your son?

Rashi does not throw out these questions as random examples, says the Maskil L'Dovid.  Rashi understood that Yehuda said this from the words, "HaYesh Lachem Av O Ach?"  How? 

He explains that when you take a boy for your daughter you want to know how many brothers the boy has.  If the father has great wealth, you want to know how many ways the wealth will be divided and if your daughter will be able to survive on her husband's share.  This would explain Yosef's probing question regarding any other brothers not present.

The question of HaYesh Lachem Av would only be proper if Yosef wanted his son to marry a sister of the Shevatim.  He, therefore, would need to ask if their sister had a father that Yosef would need to deal with, or if the brothers are her guardians and can make all the necessary decisions.

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Vayeitzei: Rochel Catches Up To Leah, Mitzvawise After Bilha gives birth to her second child on Rochel's behalf, Rochel names him Naftoli.  Rashi explains that the word Naftoli means, I begged and pleaded that I can be equal to my sister, Leah.  How can Rashi say that Rochel claimed to be equal to Leah, when Leah had four sons and she only had two?

The Be'er BaSadeh answers that Rochel was not referring to the numbers.  Rochel wanted to have children for her husband Yaakov to fulfill his mitzva of Piru U'Rivu through her, his main wife.  The Mishna in Yevamos tells us that according to Bais Shammai the mitzva requires two sons.  According to him both Leah and Rochel bore the requisite amount of sons for the mitzva.  Bais Hillel says that you must have one son and one daughter.  According to him they were both short one daughter, since Dina was not yet born.

In the language of tzaddikim they were both equal in their pursuit of Tzivui Hashem!

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Vayeitzei: Maharal MiPrague - Hashem Saves Rochel From the Clutches Of Eisav After Leah, Bilha, and Zilpa all finish having children, Hashem suddenly remembers Rochel.  Rashi (30:22) says that Hashem remembered that Rochel gave the simanim to Leah on her wedding night, so that she would not be disgraced and cast out by Yaakov.  How does Rashi know this?

The Maharal MiPrague says that the word "remember" connotes something that happened long ago in the past.  If it was Rochel's tzidkus that Hashem was rewarding with a child, there would be no reason to use the word remembered.  It was a constant all the years.

Why did Hashem remember this particular incident and why only now?  The Maharal explains that Rashi says that Rochel was scared that since she was childless, Yaakov would divorce her and Eisav would marry her (in fact this was Eisav's plan).  Hashem now paid her back Middah K'Neged Middah.  Just like she took care not to let her older sister be humiliated and fall into her predestined marriage with Eisav, so, too, Hashem gave Rochel a child so that she would not be humiliated and fall into marriage with Eisav.

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 03:00:00 +0000