Chapter 63
Bereishis Rabbah Chapter 63

(63:4) “And Yitzchok was forty years old when he took Rivkah, the daughter of Besuel the Aramean from Padan Aram, the sister of Lavan the Aramean, to himself for a wife” (Bereishis 25:20) - Said R. Yitzchok: If it is to teach us that she came from Aram Naharayim, surely it already says “from Padan Aram”! So what does it teach us by saying “the Aramean”, “the daughter of Besuel the Aramean”, what does it teach us by saying “the sister of Lavan the Aramean”? It comes to teach us that her father was a swindler and her brother was a swindler, and even the people of her place also, yet this Tzaddekess emerged from amongst them! To what is she compared? To a rose amongst the thorns. R. Pinchas said: It is written “And he went to Padan Aram” (28:7), so what does it teach by saying “to Lavan the Aramean” (28:5)? It teaches that all of them were swindlers.

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