Why does it say above (verse 5) "l'Yakov Ben", and here "Ben Sheni l'Yakov"?


Malbim: The bigger Chidush is taught first. Above, the Chidush was that the son was attributed to Yakov. Now, this was already known; the Chidush is that she had a second son. Also for Zilpah's son, it says "l'Yakov Ben", and "Ben Sheni l'Yakov" (verses 10, 12). 1


After we know that Bilhah's first son is considered Yakov's, what is the Chidush of Zilpah's? This is fine according to the opinion that Yakov did not marry Zilpah before Gad was conceived (refer to 30:9:2:3. - PF)


Targum Yonason says that Bilhah and Zilpah were freed before Yakov married them. If so, why is Bilhah called "Shifchas Rachel"?


Ha'Emek Davar (3,7): This shows that she was unlike Hagar, who [after she became pregnant] belittled Sarah. Bilhah continued to [respect and] serve her, like her Shifchah (even though she was freed).

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