Why did Yakov ask that his wages be these kinds of animals?


Tosfos ha'Shalem (32:5): He saw with Ru'ach ha'Kodesh that such animals represented the kingdoms that would subjugate Yisrael (Zecharyah 6:3,6), and he wanted that [Yisrael] should be able to conquer them.


What is "v'Ansah Bi Tzidkasi"?


Tosfos ha'Shalem (1, citing R. Yosef Karo): Whenever Aniyah is followed by the prefix "Beis", it refers to testimony.


Ohr Zaru'a (1:769): I know that Hashem will bless my portion.


Malbim: Hashem's Hashgachah will show what I deserve. If many are born like I specified, it is because Hashem saw that I worked faithfully and deserve much wages.


One should not aggrandize himself about his future righteousness - "Al Tis'halal b'Yom Machar" (Mishlei 27:1)!


Tosfos ha'Shalem (2, citing Maharam bar Baruch, from Bereishis Rabah 73:9): Indeed, Hashem rebuked Yakov for this - in the future 1 , Dinah will be afflicted (due to Yakov's sin! Refer to 32:23:1:1*.)


"Al Tis'halal b'Yom Machar" implies that one may aggrandize himself that [now] he fears Hashem - Yirmeyah 9:23. Some Tzadikim did so, e.g. Ovadyah (Melachim 1:18:12). Perhaps "Yehalelcha Zar v'Lo Ficha" does not apply to Yir'as Shamayim. (PF)

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