Vayera

{Bereishis 20:1}

When Avraham traveled to Egypt in Lech Lecha, he asked Sarah to pretend to be his sister. He was fearful that if their marriage would be known, he would be killed and Sarah taken. In this week’s Parsha, the same dilemma confronts Avraham when he travels to Gerar. This time, however, he does not ask Sarah for permission to use this ploy. Instead, he declares that Sarah is his sister without consulting her.

“…and he sojourned in Gerar. Avraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister”; and Avimelech, king of Gerar, sent, and took Sarah.”

Rashi comments: Here he did not take permission, but did it against her will, without her consent, for she had already been taken to the house of Pharoah through such a ploy.

Rashi is astounding.

A) How could Sarah possibly object? The other option is to say they are married which will result in Avraham’s death. (If Avraham suspects Sarah has a third option, he should discuss it with her.)

B) If Sarah is objecting because she does not want to be taken again, as Rashi says, then it would not even help to say that they are married. Regardless, she will be taken. The only difference would be that Avraham would first be killed.

C) Rashi is repetitive. He says Avraham acted without Sarah’s permission three times (“Here he did not take permission”, “but did it against her will”, “without her consent”).

V’Tzorich Iyun Gadol.

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2 Responses to Vayera

  1. Meir says:

    Great idea. I would like to direct you to the sichos of the lubavitcher rebbe who spoke extensively on rashi. There’s a set of seforim called biurim lpirush rashi which compiles all of his talks. not every shailoh is addressed but you’ll find fascinating chidushim bringing you to a much better understanding of rashi

    hatzlocha rabba

  2. Jon says:

    You seem to be forgetting how the last time this happened turned out… In fact, it turned out that Pharaoh had no interest in taking a married woman. So really, Avraham should have learned his lesson from the first time, but did not.

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