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1)

What did Yakov mean when he replied "You know how I worked on your behalf? How did this counter Lavan's statement?

1.

Seforno: Yakov was saying that he should stop ascribing his successes to divination, which is rooted in Mazal, but rather to his (Yakov's) hard work, borne of experience, and intense efforts. 1

2.

Ramban: Lavan knew well how hard he (Yakov) had worked for him. 2

3.

Bechor Shor: This is a reason to give to me a big wage. (Also, when will I do for my family?!)


1

As described briefly in the following phrases (refer to 30:29:2:1) and as he himself will describe in more detail at the end of the Parshah (See 31:38-40) .

2

Refer to 30:29:1:1*.

2)

What was Yakov referring to when he said to Lavan "Eis asher Avadticha"?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: It seems that besides tending to Lavan's flocks he also worked a little in his house as well.

3)

What did Yakov mean when he added "and what your livestock were with me"?

1.

Seforno: He was referring to the way that he had bound the animals with broken limbs and healed those that were sick, as befits a good shepherd.

2.

Targum Yonasan: He was reminding Lavan how well he had looked after his sheep.

3.

Rashi: He was asking Lavan to recall how few sheep he had handed him (and to note how many they had now become). 1

4.

Ramban: Yakov made three statements here: He reminded Lavan 1. How hard he had worked for him; 2. How long he had faithfully looked after his sheep; 3. How the few sheep that Lavan initially handed him had proliferated - thanks to Hashem's B'rachah.


1

See Ramban, who queries the order of the wording in the Pasuk according to Rashi.

4)

רש"י: ואת אשר היה מקנך אתי - את חשבון מעוט מקנך שבא לידי מתחלה כמה היו: לכאורה לא מדובר כאן על מספר הצאן אלא על אופן הטיפול בהם?

1.

גור אריה: כבר כתוב לעיל (פסוק כו) "את עבודתי אשר עבדתיך" ומה הוסיף כאן? אלא שני דברים אמר לו- עבדתיך בכל כוחי [בפסוק כו] וצאנך היה מועט והוא התרבה [בפסוק זה].

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