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1)

What does the Torah mean when it writes that "Leah's eyes were Rachos"?

1.

Rashi: When Leah overheard people saying that Rivka's older son would marry Lavan's older daughter, and Rivka's younger son, Lavan's younger daughter, she would weep uncontrollably. 1 And it was the constant weeping that affected her eyes and made them soft. 2

2.

Targum Onkelos and Rashbam: It means that she had beautiful eyes. 3 Ha'Emek Davar


1

And pray that she not fall to the lot of Esav (Targum Yonasan).

2

Maharsha (Bava Basra 123a) - due to Leah's pain and tears (the gates of tears are never closed - Berachos 32b), Leah merited to marry Yakov.

3

And Chazal have said (Ta'anis 24a) that a Kalah whose eyes are beautiful, the entire body does not require examination. Da'as Zekeinim - Rachel's eyes hurt [after she married Yakov (PF)], for she was barren; she cried lest Yakov divorce her, and she fall to Esav.

4

Surely, this is because Yehudah would come from her (PF).

5

Bava Basra 123a says that her Matanos (Kehunah and kingship) were long (permanent). Refer to 29:16:152:1.

2)

What is the difference between "Yefas To'ar" and "Yefas Mar'eh"?

1.

Rashi, Seforno and Rashbam: The former refers to the shape of the face, 1 the latter, to its complexion. 2

2.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (2): The former refers to the face. The latter is grace in the eyes of those who saw her.

3.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (3): The former is beauty of stature and limbs.

4.

Ohr ha'Chayim: Yefas To'ar is each detail by itself - the eyes, nose, neck


1

The nose, the forehead, the mouth and the cheeks.

2

White or red (Rashbam).

3)

Why does the Torah mention that the Imahos were beautiful? "Sheker ha'Chen v'Hevel ha'Yofi"!

1.

Kol Eliyahu: This is without Yir'as Shamayim, but if she fears Shamayim, "Hi Sis'halal" also for grace and beauty. 1 Similarly, Chachmah, Gevurah and wealth are attributes only if the bearer knows (fears) Hashem (Yirmiyah 9:22-23).


1

Mishnas R. Aharon 3 p.177: Yefas To'ar and Yefas Mar'eh apply also to spiritual attributes.

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