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1)

What is the significance of Yakov's statement "v'Anochi Lo Yadati"?

1.

Rashi: Had Yakov known that Hashem was there 1 , he would not have slept in such a holy place. 2

2.

Seforno: Had he known that Hashem was there, he would have prepared himself for Nevu'ah. Ohr ha'Chayim


1

Tosfos ha'Shalem (11): He knew that the Shechinah is everywhere. He did not know that the Kisei ha'Kavod is here.

2

Ha'Emek Davar: It would have been better to increase prayer and supplications while awake.

2)

Why was Yakov afraid?

1.

Seforno: He was afraid on account of his having erroneously slept there. 1


1

Refer to 28:16:1:1 & 2.

3)

Why does it say "mi'Shenaso"? (Obviously, he woke from his sleep!)

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (1): We read this like Mishnaso (his learning). If one thinks in Torah the entire day, he learns in a dream the entire night, and fulfills "v'Hagisa Bo Yomam va'Laylah." Hashem rewards him as if he learned the entire day and night - "va'Hakitzosa Hi Seshichecha."

2.

Ha'Emek Davar: Normally, every dream has Batel matters. Here, Yakov woke immediately from the dream, without sleeping more, because it was a prophecy without any vain matter.

4)

It could have said 'Yesh Hashem Kan.' Why does it say "ba'Makom ha'Zeh"?

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (7): Ba'Makom ha'Zeh excludes Shilo (the Shechinah abandoned it

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