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1)

Why does the Pasuk refer to Lavan here as "Lavan ha'Arami"?

1.

Ramban: To teach us that, although he, together with all his townsmen, engaged in Nichush with Terafim, Hashem appeared to him in honor of Yakov. 1

2.

Targum Yonasan says that it was not Hashem who appeared to him, but an angel with a sword drawn, who appeared to him in a dream of the night. Presumably, the Pasuk then refers to "Lavan ha'Arami" precisely because he was the swindler that he was, which is why he needed to receive a stern warning to obey orders and to treat Yakov with due respect. (EC)


1

Refer to 31:20:3:1.

2)

What did Hashem mean when he warned Lavan against speaking "from good to bad"?

1.

Rashi: Even if a Rasha wants to do good for a Tzadik, it is bad for the TzadikYakov. 1

2.

Ramban and Seforno: He warned him not to promise him a reward if he returned with him to Charan, or to threaten to harm him should he refuse.

3.

Bechor Shor: Do not speak bad, i.e. even harsh words of rebuke to benefit him.

4.

Malbim: Do not begin with good and end with bad


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

3)

What did Hashem mean when he warned Lavan against speaking "from good to bad"?

1.

Rashi: Even if a Rasha wants to do good for a Tzadik, it is bad for Ya'akov. 1

2.

Ramban and Seforno: He warned him not to promise him a reward if he returned with him to Charan, or to threaten to harm him should he refuse.

3.

Bechor Shor: Do not speak bad, i.e. even harsh words of rebuke to benefit him.


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

4)

What is the significance of the fact that Hashem appeared to Lavan 'in a dream of the night'?

1.

Refer to Vayeira, 20:1:1:1* and 20:1:1:1* 1 .

5)

Why does the Pasuk refer to Lavan here as "Lavan ha'Arami"?

1.

Ramban: To teach us that, although he, together with all his townsmen, were tricksters, Hashem appeared to him in honor of Yakov. 1

2.

Targum Yonasan: It was not Hashem who appeared to him, but an angel with a drawn sword, who appeared to him in a dream of the night. Presumably, the Pasuk then refers to "Lavan ha'Arami" precisely because he was the trickster that he was, which is why he needed to receive a stern warning to obey orders and to treat Yakov with due respect.


1

Refer to 31:20:3:1.

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