What was it Yakov's business if the shepherds were idling when they shouldn't have been?


Rashi: Because if they were hired shepherds, they were wasting their employer's time (which is akin to stealing); whereas if they were self-employed, it was not time to take the sheep away from the pasture, in which they were depriving the sheep both of their food and by not watering them there and then. 1


Seforno: Yakov (the Ish Emes) could not stand injustice, 2 and so he would rebuke anyone whom he saw behaving imptoperly. 3


And Tza'ar Ba'alei Chayim is Min ha'Torah (as the Gemara explains in Bava Metzi'a, 32b) - Or ha'Chayim.


As the Pasuk writes in Mishlei (28:26) "A man of iniquity is the abomination of the righteous."


And because he was sincere in his rebuke, the shepherds accepted it and did not accuse him of not minding his own business.


רש"י: ואם הבהמות שלכם וכו': למה הוסיף רש"י "ואם הבהמות שלכם"?


גור אריה: קשה שדי לומר "הן עוד היום גדול"? אלא התוספת של "לא עת האסף המקנה" באה ללמד ש-אם הבהמות שלכם וכו'.

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