Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The four fathers



Parshas Hashavua

 ושם בת אשר שרח

Who was Serach's father?

1.    אשר
2.    ישוי
3.    בן של ישוי (son of Yishvi)
4.    מלכיאל

The Ramban (26:46) says the תרגום אונקלס translates
ושם בת אשר שרח,- "ושום ברת אתת אשר סרח
The name of the daughter of Osher’s wife was שרח. 
(She wasn’t Osher’s daughter but his wife’s daughter)

The Ramban explains, Serach’s mother was married and 
had only one child. (Serach)  
אשר married her after her husband died.*

The תכלת מרדכי (Kur Zahav) says that she was 
the daughter of ישוי the son of אשר. When ישוי died, אשר married his daughter in law. (איסור דאורייתא)**

A second possibility is that she was the granddaughter 
of ישוי and אשר married his son Yishvi’s daughter
in law (איסור דרבנן)

The ספר הישר says she was the daughter of  
(מלכיאל בן עילם (בן שם בן נח, 


*  Shu"t Chasam Sofer E,H,76 proves from here
   the Halacha in Rema Ch.M. 42:15 "adopted children
   can be called children in documents etc."
** קודם מתן תורה

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