hebrew
1)

Was Yakov really obligated to got such lengths to guard Lavan's flocks?

1.

Bava Netzi'a, 93b: 'How far is a Shomer Sachar (somone who guards for payment) obligated to guard? To the point of 'I was consumed by the heat in the day and by frost in the night!' 1


1

See Torah Temimah, note 7 who elaborates.

2)

Why did Yakov say "va'Yom Achalani Chorev... va'Tidar Shenasi me'Einai"?

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (1,2): I did not sleep normally, nor take refuge from the sun in cracks in rocks, like other Shomerim. How could you suspect me of theft?!

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