Well, here we are in Parshas Toldos. This is where we meet our third "father," Yaakov (who, despite our tradition that his greatest trait was "emes" seemed to spend the better part of his life trying to pull something on someone.) But, we'll get to him another time. I'd like to talk about Rivka. In this week's parsha, we see Rivka and Yitzhak praying for children. The question is, why did Yitzhak pray for his wife to have a child? It's not precedented. Avraham impregnated the help, and Yaakov got mad when Rachel brought it up. Yitzhak was the only one to pray. A loving act by a loving husband. After all, Yitzhak was the only one of our avos not to take multiple wives.
But was love the only motive?
According to one midrash, Yitzhak had to do the praying. As we've established, Rivka's family was EEEEVIIIILLLL. Therefore, Hashem would not listen to her tefillos.
Glad they missed this midrash when they handed me my kosher Kool-Aid.
Seriously, Hashem ignored her tefillos because of--her family? Because we have so much control over our families? Talk about a mean Midrash! The G-d of this story gives a righteous girl to an EEEEVIIIILLLL family, then holds her family against her? That's just wrong!