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Saturday, December 5, 2020

The second son of Rachel

 Three proofs in Vayichlach וישלח that Rabbi Nachman is the greatest of all Tzaddikkim, even greater than Josef.  

1). The the wives of Jacob are presented to Esav before the children, but in the case of Rachel, she is presented last of all.

2) Burial.  Rachel is buried closer to Jerusalem than Jacob, who is buried like the others (including Esav) in Hebron

3) The wine cup with a foot, representing the idea of seeing the future is the symbol of Josef.  The bread is the symbol of Rachel since she is buried in Beit Lechem (house of bread).  The bread is more important than the wine, which is why you must cover the bread while reciting kiddush.

Rabbi Nachman and his character the Tam (the simpleton and the wise one story #8).  While the Tam only ate bread and found every taste and every cure in it, the wise one devoted his life to finding an appropriate mate (which he never found) in spite of his great wisdom (represented by wine).

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