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Oct 01

Stop. Rewind. Replace.

When it grew dark, Lavan brought his older daughter, Leah, to Ya’akov’s tent, and Ya’akov spent the night with her. When morning came, Ya’akov was shocked to discover that he was with Leah, not Rachel. (Genesis 29:23).

Ya'akov (left) is surprised to find that he is with Leah (right) not Rachel.

Ya’akov (left) is surprised to find that he is with Leah (right) not Rachel.

Ya’akov said to Lavan, “Why did you trick me? I served you for Rachel!”’ (Genesis, 29:25)

Ya'akov (left) asks Lavan (right), "Why did you trick me?"

Ya’akov (left) asks Lavan (right), “Why did you trick me?”

We decided a few days ago that Lavan was not acting in a ישר (yosher—upright, honorable) way when he tricked Ya’akov. So…we stopped, rewound, and replaced with an action that was more ישר (yosher—upright, honorable).

Option 1: When it grew dark, Lavan brought his younger daughter, Rachel, to Ya’akov’s tent as promised.

Lavan (second from the right) brings Rachel (right) to Ya'akov's (left) tent.

Lavan (second from the right) brings Rachel (right) to Ya’akov’s (left) tent.

Option 2: Ya’akov replied, “I will serve you seven years for the hand of your daughter Rachel.” Lavan said (before any arrangements were made), “It is not our custom to marry the younger daughter before the older daughter.”

Lavan (right) tells Ya'akov (left) ahead of time, "It is not our custom to marry the older daughter before the younger."

Lavan (right) tells Ya’akov (left) ahead of time, “It is not our custom to marry the older daughter before the younger.”

We’re doing “stop, rewind, replace” to get our brains thinking about how we can replace actions that are not ישר (yosher—upright, honorable) in our קבוצה (kevutzah—group) with actions that are ישר (yosher—upright, honorable).

Great acting, Nitzanim! And way to tune your brain into ישר (yosher—upright, honorable)!

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