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Section: Daas Torah   Category: Rav Shimshon
Are You Yaakov Avinu's Psychologist?

When Yaakov was finally reunited with his dear son Yosef after many long and bitter years for both of them, we find Yosef crying on his father's shoulder.  Chazal tell us that Yaakov at that time was saying Krias Shema.  What?  How?  Why? all the mefarshim ask.  A common answer runs along these lines.  Yaakov was so overcome with emotion and love that he wanted to channel this once in a lifetime feelings towards Hashem. 

Rav Shimshon Pincus relates that when this answer was told to Rav Chaim Brisker he got angry and dismissed it as nonsense.  Instead he offered that since Hashem commanded Yaakov to go down to Mitzrayim, during the entire duration of the journey he was Oseik B'Mitzva, busy with a mitzva and therefore Patur from any other mitzvos including Krias Shema.  Now as he reached Mitzrayim he finally was able to say Shema and didn't let the moment slip.

This is indeed a very Brisker approach which is interesting, but why did Rav Chaim so vehemently dislike the more plausible approach?  Rav Shimshon answers that Rav Chaim was teaching everyone a very important lesson about our understanding of the Avos HaKedoshim.  He was teaching us that we dare not superimpose our emotions on the actions of the Avos.  They were malachim and their only considerations and emotions were guided by the Torah.  To use our understanding of the emotions of love and longing to explain Yaakov's feelings upon seeing Yosef is ridiculous.  Then how does he suggest explaining Yaakov's actions?  Only through the Torah.  Whether an obscure Tosfos somewhere in Kodshim or a Rashi in Kedushim, these are the only tools available to us in which to view the actions of kedoshei elyon with whom we share absolutely no common emotional.

What about those mefarshim who lived a mere few hundred years ago that do indeed give the answer that Yaakov wanted to channel his love to Hashem?  Rav Shimshon answers that our emotional education is a product of foreign culture and stimulus that we are exposed to every day.  However these Gedolim, while they also stood a million miles apart from Yaakov Avinu, nevertheless their emotion were derived from the same source as Yaakov's; the wellspring of Torah. 


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Anonymous, 2007-12-13 06:34:44
Huh? So, the answer (which is said by Maharal) is a good one in conclusion? Then why did Rav Chaim call it nonsense?
A., 2007-12-13 06:46:53
Rav Chaim called it nonsense to repeat as if we understand what it means. You can't use your emotions with the Maharal's holy words. the two just don't mix.
Anonymous, 2007-12-14 04:32:51
great point! when 10 of the holiest men alive throw their brother in a pit we say we don't understand and that is a correct approach. When Yaakov gives Rachel a kiss at the be'er its too deep for us to understand and that is correct. When Yitzchok "loves" Eisav that also beyond us. For some reason when Yaakov meets his son we all turn into shrinks and completely understand everything.
Anonymous, 2007-12-16 07:59:01
I still don't get it-if it's a good pshat, and the Maharal said it-then of course you can say it- we don't put our own emotions into it when we merely say over the Maharal. Let's call a spade a spade-if indeed Rav Chaim Brisker said it was nonsense, then he's calling the pshat of the Maharal nonsense.

Every pasuk is there to give us lessons, surely all the Avos did is very very deep-but the lessons are there for us to learn from nonetheless as long as we give the proper respect to the Avos- you can't say it's too deep and ignore simple teich If the Torah says Yitzchak loved Esav-then he did, why? We have to learn why but he did (see Malbim, Rav Hirsch, Rav Yaakov Kam.-. We can't just say it's too deep to learn

Why Yaakov kissed Rochel? Ramban says bec. she was a ketana- he doesn't say it's too deep-and he wrote that pshat Of course, there's depth but the pshat is not ignored.

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