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A disturbing symmetry can be discerned between Rebecca’s actions in last week’s Torah reading and Laban’s in this week’s reading. Whereas Rebecca helps Jacob to supersede his brother Esau in acquiring the blessing of their father Isaac, Laban helps Leah to supersede her sister Rachel so as to become Jacob’s bride instead of her. Rebecca and Laban, both of whom are the children of Bethuel, act the same way: What...