Why Did Jacob Cry When He Kissed Rachel?

Consequences Of Jacob's Deceit

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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In Parshat Vayeitzei, Jacob runs away to his Uncle Lavan’s house after having deceived his father Isaac and stolen his brother’s blessing. He marries Rachel and Leah, has twelve kids, and becomes a prosperous shepherd. Things seem to be going very well for Jacob. But that leaves us to wonder: was it okay what Jacob did — impersonating Esau, tricking Isaac? It doesn’t seem that Jacob has to face any consequences for his deceit of Isaac and Esau. Or does he?

In tiny hints, all over Parshat Vayeitzei, the biblical text continuously points us back to the story of the deception of Isaac – seeming to imply that Jacob can't escape the effects of his actions. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he discovers these hints, and find out what it all means.