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1)

How did Lavan respond to Ya'akov's explanation?

1.

Rashi: He pointed out that, since Ya'akov was unable to pay anything, he was under no obligation 1 to take him in. 2 Only, since he was family, he would kindly invite him for one month - not free of charge, but on condition that he tended to his sheep. 3

2.

Rashbam: He told him that since he was his own flesh and blood, coming to him was a wise choice.

3.

Seforno: He told him that, even though he did not need him for Parnasah, nevertheless, since he was his own flesh and blood, it was only correct that he stay with him.


1

Riva: We learn from "Ach", which is an exclusion.

2

(Tosfos ha'Shalem (3, citing Sefer ha'Gan): It is proper that I distance you, like you were distanced from your family for swindling your brother twice. However, I will not do so.

3

According to the Seforno, "Vayeishev Imo" implies that he worked for him (as we find in Shmos, 2:21).

2)

Why did Yakov enter Lavan's house without insisting that Lavan remove the idolatry?

1.

Moshav Zekenim: He wanted to see whether Rachel and Leah 1 served idolatry. After a month, he separated from Lavan.


1

It seems that he knew through Ru'ach ha'Kodesh that he would marry Rachel (refer to 29:11:2:1). If so, why was concerned for Leah? He did not intend to marry both! Perhaps he wanted to know if he must separate Rachel from her (PF).

3)

Why did Lavan say "you are my bone and flesh?"

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (2): He intended to consume Yakov 1 and all that Yakov has. 2

2.

Kol Eliyahu, Divrei Eliyahu: A baby's bones are due to his father; his flesh is due to his mother. You are my bone and flesh, for both your father (our grandfathers were brothers) and mother are related to me. 3


1

Tosfos ha'Shalem (4, from Bereishis Rabah): Lavan recognized that Yakov is Tam (pure, simple). He could not swindle a stranger like he could swindle Yakov.

2

Yakov had nothing now! Perhaps he intended for what Yakov will acquire or inherit. (PF)

3

Bnei Yisrael told David "we are your bone and flesh" (Divrei ha'Yamim 1:11:1), i.e. also your maternal ancestor (Rus) was from Kahal Hashem, unlike Do'eg's claim.

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