The table below presents an aligned extract of verselets in
the fear Jacob had.
The alignment justifies the Rashi assertion that
There were apparently two fears. We have seen in rule #1 above
that the word fear refers to fear of being killed, explicitly mentioned
with that langauge in Gn32-12. Rashi therefore assumes that distressed
refers to a complimentary fear which Rashi suggests is the fear of having to kill.
Text of Verse
Jacob was afraid
Afraid of being killed, as mentioned explicitly in Gn32-12.
Rashi assumes that the aligned verbs - fear distress - refer to
complimentary fears. Since fear refers to fear of being killed
Rashi suggests distress as referring to fear of having to kill.
Advanced Rashi: A similar fear - of having to kill - is seen
by Abraham who was afraid after a military conquest over an alliance. Since he
was afraid after victory we assume he was concerned about the life he took (Rashi:
Gn15-01a). However since this fear of his is not explicitly mentioned we sufficed with use
of the alignment principle to justify the current Rashi.
At the synagogue where I lein during the week the Rabbi learns a little bit
before leining. The Rabbi cited this Rashi and mentioned Golda Meir's famous
quote that We will forgive the Arabs for killing our boys but we will not
forgive them for making us kill. The feelings behind such a quote emanate
from this Rashi on Jacob.