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What did Rivkah mean when she said "Alai Kilelascha Beni"?

1.

Targum Yonasan and Seforno: "If he will bless you then you and your children will be blessed, whereas if he curses you, then they will come upon me!" 1

2.

Targum Onkelos, Rashbam, Moshav Zekenim: I have been told prophetically 2 that that you will not be cursed!" 3

3.

Divrei Eliyahu and Kol Eliyahu (42:36): I know through Nevu'ah that your curses (great afflictions) will be "Alai' (an acronym for Esav, Lavan, Yosef). No additional curse will come from this (refer to 42:36:151:2). This is why she did not say 'he will not curse you'!

4.

Ohr ha'Chayim: Just now, you mentioned a curse on yourself. A Chacham's curse is fulfilled, even if it was conditional and the Tenai was not fulfilled! I caused this; I accept the result on myself. "Beni" clarifies that she does not discuss a curse that Yitzchak might give.

5.

Malbim: If he will want to curse you, tell him that I commanded you to do so, and his anger will be at me. He will know that you did not do so amidst desire for this world, only because I commanded you. He will not curse you, especially since there was the prophecy "v'Rav Ya'avod Tza'ir" (25:23). You bought the Bechorah, but this does not make you the 'Rav' that must serve the younger. For this, Esav is still the older.


1

Like we find with Shlomo ha'Melech, who took upon himself the curses of Yo'av, which later materialized, as recorded in Sanhedrin 48b; or, because Yaakov did what he did at her behest. (EC).

2

Ha'Kesav veha'Kabalah: Mechilta of R. Shimon says that the Shechinah told her that Yitzchak commanded Esav - 'Ani Metzavah Osach' (27:8) refers to the Shechinah. This combined with the prophecy of Shem, "v'Rav Ya'avod Tza'ir" (25:23).

3

Ha'Kesav veha'Kabalah: Alai refers to removal. I have no concern lest he curse you.

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