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Friday, October 29

The Weekly Shtikle - Chayei Sarah

In pasuk 24:28, Rivka runs to her mother's house and tells them "kadevarim ha'eileh", like these words. Why does it say kadevarim ha'eileh and not simply hadevarim ha'eileh? Rada"k writes that this is the way of those who tell over stories, to shorten or to lengthen a bit, and not to tell the exact story.

I suggest that perhaps the answer to this question lies in Rashi later on pasuk 47. There, Rashi comments that Eliezer really gave Rivka the ring and bracelets before he asked her who her father was but he did not want to upset Lavan so he told him that he did it the other way around. Perhaps Rivka, too, was aware that her parents would not be impressed by the order in which Eliezer went about this and therefore did not tell her parents exactly how it happened but switched things around to keep the peace.

Have a good Shabbos.

Eliezer Bulka

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