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1)

What is the meaning of "Lasu'ach ba'Sadeh"?

1.

Rashi: To pour out his speech (to pray to Hashem) for the success of Eliezer's mission. 1 "Lasu'ach" is an expression of Tefilah (Berachos, 26b). 2

2.

Rashbam: Yitzchak went into the field to plant trees and to tend to his servants (who were working there). In fact "Lasu'ach " means (not to pray, but) to see to his plants - from the word "Si'ach" (vegetation).

3.

Ha'Emek Davar: He went to pray, but not literally in the field. One may not pray in an open place! Rather, he was (e.g.) under a tree, and put his eye and heart towards Har ha'Moriyah.


1

He was answered before he even prayed, the Seforno points out, citing the Pasuk in Daniel (10:12). Refer also to 24:15:1:2.

2

Rashi: As in Tehilim, 102:1. The Gemara in Berachos (26b) learns from here that Yitzchak instituted Tefilas Minchah. Refer also to 24:63:32 and the note there.

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

2)

Rashi writes that Yitzchak went to pray. Why did he go into the field to pray?

1.

Seforno: So that passers-by should not interrupt him, even though he had already prayed by the well of Lachai Ro'i. 1

2.

Rashi (in Yeshayah [2:3]): The field mentioned here refers to Har ha'Moriyah, where the Akeidah took place, and which was the ideal place for him to pray. 2


1

Refer to 24:62:1:2.

2

As the Gemara states in Pesachim, 88a

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