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1)

What is the significance of the fact that the trouble began with Lavan's sons?

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Oznayim la'Torah: Nothing has changed, just like then, so too now 1 - It alwaybegins with the youth, the students, who start with the demnstrations, claiming that we took everything that belonged to their parents, completely forgetting that it is often thanks to our hard work that they got to where they are in the first place, and it is not long before the older generation joins forces with them - no matter how little they had before we came along and, with the blessing of Hashem, improved the standard of living, and, how, not long before they had themselves admitted that it was we who brought prosperity to their land.


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'Ma'aseh Avos Si'man le'Banim'.

2)

What is "Kol ha'Kavod ha'Zeh"?

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It is property (Targum Onkelos) or a vast amount of money (Rashbam). 1


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Divrei Eliyahu: Bereishis Rabah (73:12) supports this from Nachum 2:10. Avos 6:3 says that Kavod is only Torah! The only two places where Kavod is spelled Chaser are here and in Nachum. It is fake honor. When the money goes away, also the honor does.

3)

What were Bnei Lavan's gripes against Yakov?

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Malbim: (a) It is as if he stole


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This is difficult. The Malbim says that another gripe was that he takes animals that are not spotted and blotched (but he deserves what is spotted and blotched)! Perhaps Lavan told his sons 'Yakov keeps changing the conditions after the animals are born, but I fear to protest, lest he mistreat my daughters.' (PF)

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