Every year, as this Parsha comes around, I’m reminded of a certain detail in the Parsha that seems to need clarification.
Dedicated teachers over the decades have been teaching this to their students, to the point that it is widely accepted as a fact.
I’m referring to the second of the three miracles that took place in Sarah’s tent, and returned when Rivka married Yitzchak. The candles burned from week to week, the challah stayed fresh from week to week, and there was a cloud over the tent. Right?
A closer look at Rashi says ‘a bracha was found in the dough.’ Bracha metzuya b’issa. No mention of the bread’s shelf life!
The bracha was that the dough increased miraculously, (according to the Sapirstein chumash.)
It seems that someone confused this challa with the lechem haponim, which did stay fresh from week to week.
It may seem like a minor detail, but these details are important, and we all want to know the real story!
Do any of your readers have more information on this topic? Do you know any Parsha myths, that are taught in error by well meaning teachers?
Please share, l’toeles harabbim!