Friday, November 18, 2011

Sforno v. the mainstream view (Chayyei Sarah)

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Why did Lavan run to greet Abraham's servant?

  • The traditional interpretation: Because Lavan was a greedy SOB, who saw the jewels Rivka received, and wanted to get his hands on more of same (Rashi via Gen Rabbah)
  • Sforno says: Lavan appreciated the gift his sister's received, and out of a sense of gratitude wanted to extend hospitality to the man.
  • The merits of Sforno's reading: Protects Lavan's reputation; demonstrates a willingness to judge people favorable.

Read my famous Chayyei Sarah ParshaNotes here

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