Machshavah Lab
Machshavah Lab
Nov 18, 2021
Vayishlach: Would Rambam Advocate Davening at the Kever of the Fifth Matriarch?
Play • 1 hr 40 min

Tonight (11/17/21), in our aptly named "Chumash Exploration," we had two objectives: the primary objective was to analyze the Torah's account of the “fifth matriarch” according to both drash and pshat (in that order) and discuss the methodological implications, and the secondary objective was to answer the question: “Would the Rambam advocate davening at her grave?” We spent the first two thirds of the shiur on the first topic, and the final third on the second topic. If you have a different answer or additional sources about the second topic, I'd love to hear!
בראשית כד: מב-מו, נז-נט; לה:ו-י
בראשית כד:נז-נט
רש"י, רמב"ן, ר' אברהם בן הרמב"ם, אברבנאל, מלבי"ם, רלב"ג, שד"ל - בראשית לה:ח
פירוש התורה לרבינו אברהם בן הרמב"ם: ספר בראשית מהדורת ברקוביץ, עמוד תז הערה קמז
רמב"ם: משנה תורה, ספר שופטים, הלכות אבל ד:ד
רמב"ם: משנה תורה, ספר זמנים, הלכות תעניות ד:יח
This week's Torah content has been sponsored by Shirley, and since she didn't specify a dedicatory message, then I'm going to dedicate this to the entire Sinclair family - Shirley, David, and Ken.
If you have questions, comments, or feedback, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at rabbischneeweiss at gmail.
If you've gained from what you've learned here, please consider contributing to my Patreon at Alternatively, if you would like to make a direct contribution to the "Rabbi Schneeweiss Torah Content Fund," my Venmo is @Matt-Schneeweiss, and my Zelle and PayPal are mattschneeweiss at Even a small contribution goes a long way to covering the costs of my podcasts, and will provide me with the financial freedom to produce even more Torah content for you.

If you would like to sponsor a day's or a week's worth of content, or if you are interested in enlisting my services as a teacher or tutor, you can reach me at rabbischneeweiss at Thank you to my listeners for listening, thank you to my readers for reading, and thank you to my supporters for supporting my efforts to make Torah ideas available and accessible to everyone.
YouTube Channel:
"The Mishlei Podcast":
"The Stoic Jew" Podcast:
"Rambam Bekius" Podcast:
"Machshavah Lab" Podcast:
"The Tefilah Podcast":
Guide to the Torah Content of Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss:
Amazon Wishlist:

More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu