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1)

Why did Yitzchak question Esav's identity?

1.

He questioned him because he returned from the hunt so terribly quickly, as the Torah specifically writes (27:20).

2.

He was probably also surprised by the first word uttered by Yaakov, "Avi," 1 said to him directly, whereas Esav tended to speak indirectly, as we see later, when (in 27:31, he began with the words "Yakum Avi..." (in the third person). 2

3.

Rashbam: Refer to 27:22:2:1.


1

Just like he himself did at the Akeidah (See Bereishis 22:7. Interestingly, Avraham there responded with the same "Hineni" as he responded here to Yaakov).

2

Also refer to 27:21:1:1.

2)

Why did Yaakov initially say only "Avi "?

1.

Malbim: He was afraid to say more. When he saw that his father did not recognize his voice, he continued "Anochi Esav Bechorcha."

2.

Ha'amek Davar: He waited to see from his father's answer if it is a proper time for Yitzchak to prepare himself for Ru'ach ha'Kodesh and to bless. Yitzchak answered affirmatively - "Hineni."

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