Food for thought / Parashat Vayechi
Scholars deduce that the verbs depicting Jacob's death might mean Jacob did not die.
The Babylonian Talmud presents the following story: "Rabbi Nahman and Rabbi Isaac were sitting together. Rabbi Nahman asked Rabbi Isaac: Share a word [of Torah]. Rabbi Isaac replied: Rabbi Yohanan taught as follows: One should not speak during a meal lest the windpipe open before the esophagus, causing danger [i.e., choking to death]. After they finished eating, he said that Rabbi Yohanan said the following:...
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