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1)

Why did Yakov call Rachel before Le'ah (despite the fact that he married Le'ah first and she bore him the most sons)?

1.

Rashi: Yakov's attachment to Lavan began with Rachel, and so, from the word go, he considered her his main wife. 1


1

This is something that even Le'ah's children accepted (See Rus, 4:11). See also Targum Yonasan on Pasuk 14.

2)

Why did Yakov leave without informing Lavan?

1.

Seforno: Because, when he saw how Lavan had accepted the Lashon ha'Ra of his sons, he was afraid that Lavan would steal from him. 1


1

He later says so explicitly to him (See Bereishis 31:31).

3)

Why did Yakov call his wives to come "to the field, to the flock"?

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (1): He called them to the field, lest others hear. 1 He called them to the flock, lest he abandon his work. 2

2.

B'rachos, 8b (quoting R. Akiva): "I love the Medes because they take counsel in the field'. 3 The Gemara attributes the source for this sound piece of advice to the current Pasuk.


1

Tosfos ha'Shalem (2): "Melech l'Sadeh Ne'evad" (Koheles 5:8) - counsel is taken in the field.

2

Even though Lavan has been deceitful for 20 years, and Yakov must flee, he works faithfully as long as he is there! (PF)

3

Rashi (Ibid.): Because, as the old saying goes - 'Even the walls have ears!'.

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