What miracle is Yakov describing here?


Rashi: Even though Lavan had removed all the spotted sheep and those with white stripes on their backs, as well as those with white marks around the ankles (to prevent Yakov from obtaining their likes), 1 Yakov dreamt that angels 2 were transporting those very sheep back to him, thereby foiling Lavan's plans).


Ramban: This Pasuk is referring to after Lavan changed the conditions. Yakov is telling his wives that Hashem showed him in a dream that whatever condition Lavan made He complied, but on behalf of Yakov. 3


Refer to 30:31:1:2*. It is unclear however, why the Pasuk here changes the list of sheep that he removed from those that are listed there.


See Ramban.


Refer to 31:8:1:2. In any event, it had nothing to do with angels doing anything and was merely a vision to reassure Yakov that Hashem was working on his behalf. From that time on, when Yakov saw how Hashem was intervening on his behalf, Yakov no longer employed the method of the sticks.


Why was the miracle limited to Atudim (goats), and not the sheep?


Rashi (in Mishlei): "Atudim" refers to animals in general.


Ramban: "Atudim" incorporates all grown-up Tzon, both goats and rams.


Moshav Zekenim (Bereishis 30:37): Atudim are fattened animals. They are not for mating. Even these mated miraculously, to benefit Yakov.


רש"י: היו המלאכים מביאין אותן מעדר המסור ביד בני לבן לעדר שביד יעקב: למה היה צורך להביא מעדר לבן, והרי מדובר כאן על סוף שנות עבודת יעקב- וכבר היו בעדרו של יעקב הרבה נקודים וטלואים?


גור אריה: קודם שנולדו נקודים וטלואים אצל יעקב היה צורך להביאם מעדר לבן, והמשיך מעשה זה משעה ראשונה עד האחרונה.

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