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1)

What is the exact meaning of "Va'yefatach ha'Gemalim"?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: "And he un-muzzled the camels." 1

2.

Ramban: And he untied the ropes from their necks, or what tied them to the carriages on them.

3.

Ha'Emek Davar: He untied the knots that held the loads on them.


1

Refer to 24:10:152:1-6.

2)

Who untied the camels, provided them with straw and fodder, and water to wash the feet of Eliezer and his men?

1.

Rashi, Targum Onkelos, Targum Yonasan: Eliezer himself.

2.

Ramban, Ha'Emek Davar #2: "The man" who entered the house was Eliezer, but the one to do the above was Lavan. 1

3.

Ha'Emek Davar #1: Eliezer commanded his servant to open the muzzles and give straw and fodder to the camels.


1

Ramban: As it is most unlikely for Eliezer - who was a guest, to have done so himself. (We find a similar phrase in Bereishis 37:38, where it was the Midyani merchants who were passing, but it was the brothers, who were mentioned earlier, who withdrew Yosef from the pit.)

3)

Why does the Torah mention the men who were with him here?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: Refer to 24:10:1:5:1 1 .

4)

Why does the Torah mention that they gave the camels to eat?

1.

Malbim: One may not eat before feeding his animals. Eliezer would not even wash his feet before feeding them!

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