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1)

Why did Ya'akov not remove the stone before Rachel arrived?

1.

Seforno: In order not to cause others a loss - should the three shepherds water their flock before the other local shepherds arrived.

2)

What do we learn from the fact that the Torah writes "Vayagel" (and not 'Vayegalel')?

1.

Rashi 1 and Targun Yonasan: We learn that Ya'akov lifted the stone off the well with the ease with which one removes a stopper from a bottle. 2

2.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (6, citing Maharam bar Baruch): This is like "va'Yagel Kevodi", to teach that Ru'ach ha'Kodesh came upon him.


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Refer to 29:2:3:1. According to Targunm Yonasan, he rolled it off with one hand.

3)

Why does the Pasuk repeat "Achi Imo" three times?

1.

Or ha'Chayim #1: To teach us that everything that Ya'akov did was only because Lavan was his mother's brother, and that it was performed in honor of his mother and not for any other motive.

2.

Or ha'Chayim #2: To remove any suspicion that his actions were based on infatuation with the beautiful Rachel. Indeed, in order to avoid this, he made the point verbally with each action.

3.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (8): Even though Lavan was a Rasha, his daughter was [righteous,] like his sister. Even though it was Lavan's flock, it was like his sister's (it did not eat from theft). Lavan had other flocks, Yakov gave to drink only what Rachel tended.

4)

Why does the Torah say nothing about Ya'akov drawing water from the well?

1.

Targum Yonasan: No sooner had Ya'akov removed the stone, than the water began to flow automatically and rose to meet him, and it continued to flow for twenty years, as long as he lived in Charan.

5)

רש"י: כזה שמעביר את הפקק מעל פי צלוחית: מנין לדרוש כך?

1.

גור אריה: לא כתוב 'ויגלגל' אלא "ויגל", משמע שזה לשון גילוי- הסרת פקק החלון.

2.

גור אריה: ריבוי האותיות מורה על ריבוי הפעולה, ולכן כשכתוב "ויגל" ולא 'ויגלגל' משמע שזו הייתה פעולה חסירה.

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