1. A. "Now Laban had two daughters, the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel" (Gen. 29:16):
B. They were like two beams running from one end to of the world to the other.
C. This one produced captains and that one produced captains, this one produced kings and that one produced kings, this one produced lion-tamers and that one produced lion-tamers, this one produced conquerors of nations and that one produced conquerers of nations, this one produced those who divided countries and that one produced dividers of countries.
D. The offering brought by the son of this one overrode the prohibitions of the Sabbath, and the offering brought by the son of that one overrode the prohibitions of the Sabbath.
E. The war fought by this one overrode the prohibitions of the Sabbath, and the war fought by that one overrode the prohibitions of the Sabbath.
F. To this one were given two nights, and to that one were given two nights.
G. The night of Pharaoh and the night of Sennacherib were for Leah, and the night of Gideon was for Rachel, and the night of Mordecai was for Rachel, as it is said, "On that night the king could not sleep" (Est. 6:1).
2. A. "The name of the older [greater] was Leah:"
B. She was greater in the gifts that came to her, receiving the priesthood forever and the throne forever.
C. "... and the name of the younger [lesser] was Rachel" (Gen. 29:16):
D. She was lesser in the gifts she received, Joseph for a while, Saul for a while.
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