1. God gives a message to Rivkah about her children, yet there is no indication that she shared that message with Yitzhak. How might the story have turned had God NOT delivered that message to her? How might the story have turned out had she shared that message with Yitzhak? How might the story be different had Yaakov and Esav told Yitzhak about the sale of the birthright?

  2. Following in his father's footsteps, Yitzhak tells Avimelekh that Rivkah is his sister. How important is it to be truthful? Are there circumstances in which it is justified to say things which are not true? How should someone feel about having to violate their own word? What dangers does such a practice, even if justified, carry for the person who is dishonest?

    Resources:
    Exodus 23:7 - Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not; for I will not justify the wicked.

    Talmud Bavli, Yevamot 65b - And R. Ila said in the name of R. Elazar the son of R. Shimon: “It is permitted for a person to deviate from the truth in a matter that threatens the peace”…R Nassan says: It is not only permitted to deviate from the truth in order to preserve the peace, it is even a mitzvah to do so.”

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