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November 9, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How many children was Rivkah originally destined to have?
וַיִּתְרֹֽצֲצ֤וּ הַבָּנִים֙ בְּקִרְבָּ֔הּ וַתֹּ֣אמֶר אִם־כֵּ֔ן לָ֥מָּה זֶּ֖ה אָנֹ֑כִי וַתֵּ֖לֶךְ לִדְרֹ֥שׁ אֶת־ה׃
But the children struggled in her womb, and she said, “If so, why do I exist?”She went to inquire of the LORD.
Rivkah was originally destined to give birth to all 12 tribes.
However, since she complained about the pain of her first pregnancy (with Yaakov and Esav), the merit was taken away from her.
This is alluded to by the use of the word “ze” when she questions her difficult pregnancy. “Ze” has a numerical value of 12.
(Bereshit Rabbah, Tanchuma on Vayechi 15)
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