Why did Yakov set up the stone as a 'Matzeivah'?


Seforno: A sign that it should be firmly established ('Yatziv v'Kayam').


Malbim: The Bris obligated Lavan only not to harm Yakov, a revealed matter, so people can be witnesses; he told Lavan's 'brothers' to gather stones, to remind them. Yakov was obligated also not to deny intimacy to Lavan's daughters


Our text there does not say so. Rather, it learns that we ascend in Kedushah from "Es Machtos ha'Chata'im... Tzipuy la'Mizbe'ach" (Bamidbar 17:3).

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