We have explained in our article
Biblical Formatting located on the world wide web at
that the Biblical Author indicated a bulleted or table
structure by skillful use of repated keywords.
That is, if a modern
author wanted to get a point across using a table then the Biblical
Author would use repeated keywords.
We illustrate this using verse
present in modern bulleted notation. The
repeating keywords indicating the bulleted
structure are underlined.
how our fathers went down into Egypt, and we dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the
Egyptians dealt ill
our sufferings and thereby suffered with us.]
- with us, [Rashi: We suffered much from the Egyptians.]
- with our fathers; [Rashi: The Patriarchs prophetically saw
We recap how this bullet method works.
The verse could have said the Egyptians dealt ill with us and our
fathers. But instead the verse repeats the connective keyword with:
The Egyptians dealt ill with us and with our forefathers.
This repeated keyword, according to our theory creates a bullet
effect. The bullet effect demands distinct interpretation to each bulleted
item. Hence the two Rashi comments explaining how the Egyptians caused anguish to
both us and our forefathers.
The actual Rashi comment states
From this verse we infer that
the Patriarchs suffer in their grave when their children suffer.
We have interpreted this to mean
The Patriarchs prophetically saw
our sufferings and thereby suffered with us.
We have elastically interpreted the phrase
in their grave
to refer to prophetical awareness. We are not denying
that the Partriarchs after their death are aware of the suffering
of the Jews. We are simply adding an extra dimension of plausibility to
accompany the bold Rashi comment. Such additions to Rashi enrich the
Rashi experience and facilitate focusing on the underlying driving force in