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1)

What is it that Hashem remembered about Rachel?

1.

Rashi: Hashem remembered two things - (a) How she handed over the Simanim to her sister 1 and (b) How distressed she was over the fear lest Yakov divorce her due to barrenness, and Esav would marry her, 2 as a result of which He now answered her prayers. 3

2.

Seforno: He remembered (a) that she had offered her maidservant Bilhah to Yakov and (b) the efforts she had made regarding the Duda'im 4 , in addition to her prayers. 5


1

Refer to 29:25:2:1.

2

Indeed, the same idea had formulated in Esav's mind (See Rashi).

3

Targum Yonasan.

4

She was punished for forfeiting a night with Yakov to buy the Duda'im (refer to 30:15:4:1)! Perhaps even so, she was rewarded for her intent. (PF)

5

Refer to 30:17:1:1, 30:24:2:1.

2)

On what date did Rachel give birth to Yosef?

1.

Rosh Hashanah, 11a: On Rosh Hashanah. 1


1

Rosh Hashanah (Ibid.): We learn this from a Gezeirah Shavah - It says here "Vayizkor Elokim es Rachel" and it says in Emor, Vayikra 23:24, with reference to Rosh Hashanah, "Zichron Teru'ah".

3)

What are the implications of term "Vayiftach es Rachmah"?

1.

Ta'anis, 2a: It implies that the key (Maafte'ach) of childbirth lies exclusively in the hand of Hashem, and has not ben handed over to a Shali'ach.

4)

Why does it say "va'Yizkor" and "va'Yishma"?

1.

Ohr ha'Chayim: Hashem remembers His pious ones even before they pray.

2.

Ha'Emek Davar: She had great deeds; Tefilah does much (the deeds did not suffice by themselves).

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