See this nice d'var Torah on Parshat Chayyei Sarah
. I'd never noticed that Rashi
before, or that Rivkah's father and brother first attempt to send her off without asking her before they changed their minds and ask her.
I do wonder what the role of Rivkah's mother is in all of this. She is mentioned, after all, in Genesis 24:
| כח ותרץ, הנערה, ותגד, לבית אימה--כדברים, האלה || 28 And the damsel ran, and told her mother's house according to these words. |
| נג ויוצא העבד כלי-כסף וכלי זהב, ובגדים, וייתן, לרבקה; ומגדנות--נתן לאחיה, ולאימה || 53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah; he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. |
| נה ויאמר אחיה ואימה, תשב הנערה איתנו ימים או עשור; אחר, תלך || 55 And her brother and her mother said: 'Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.' |
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