Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Vayigash

On the way down to Egypt Yaakov comes to Be'er Sheva and brings korbanos "leilokei oviv Yitzchok" - to the G-d of his father Yitzchok. (46:1) Rashi says that Yaakov mentioned only Yitzchok, and not Avrohom, and from this we are to understand that a person has a greater obligation to honor his father than his grandfather.

While this lesson is readily understood, it is difficult to understood why previously Yaakov davened to the G-d of both Avrohom and Yitzchok (see Parshas Vayishlach 32:10). If having one's father in mind more than one's grandfather is an appropriate mindset when bringing a karbon or davening, then why does Yaakov not do so always?

Yaakov's korbanos in Be'er Sheva are brought on the heels of hearing the news that Yosef is still alive. Perhaps, at this juncture of feeling the relief of Yosef's well-being and the renewed opportunity for Yosef to practice kibud av in person, Yaakov was more sharply focused on the direct father-son relationship and therefore had only Yitzchok in mind at this time. (See also the many midrashim connecting Yaakov's obligation of kibud av to Yitzchok with Yaakov's loss of Yosef's kibud av.)


Gal Einai, Copyright © 2006 by Gedalia Litke and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

An Invitation to Attack
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

We're Our Own Enemy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Hide from Yourself
Shlomo Katz - 5760

> Let the King Be Proud
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

Joyful Service
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

“CSI: Who Are You – Jew, Who, Jew, Who?”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Dvar Torah
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Tzedakah vs. Charity: What is the difference?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Tough Love
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Call of the Shofar
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Trial Preparation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

ArtScroll

Yefas Toar: Captivating Beauty
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

The Wayward Son - What Can He Teach Us?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Armed With Torah
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

The Reward of Learning About the Rebellious Son
- 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information