Yeshiva of Survival
Mordechai Kamenetzky wrote:
Recently in Ask the Rabbi ('Ask the Rabbi #92') you answered the question "What was studied in the 'Yeshiva of Shem and Ever being that the Torah was not yet given to B'nei Yisrael?"
My grandfather, Reb Yaakov Kamenetzky, zatzal, has a beautiful explanation: Shem, the son of Noah, survived the 'Flood Generation,' a generation rife with immorality and cruelty. Ever survived the 'Tower of Babel,' an era when heresy ruled. Together, Shem and Ever established 'The Yeshiva of Survival.' There Yaakov learned how to encounter Lavan and Esau, and come out with his morals intact. It is this teaching which Yaakov passed to Yosef, who would persevere in lewd, immoral Egypt.