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1)

Why did Lavan mention "Benosai" twice?

1.

Rashi: Because Bilhah and Zilpah were also his daughters - from a concubine.

2)

What did Lavan mean when he said to Yakov "Im Te'aneh es Benosai"?

1.

Rashi: He meant 'If you will withhold from my daughters marital relations.

2.

Targum Yonasan: 'If you will shame my daughters'. 1


1

By not treating them respectfully - See Na'ar Yonasan

3)

Why did Lavan decide to add Hashem to the list of witnesses?

1.

Seforno: To warn Yakov that, in the event that he transgressed the covenant, he would be subject to Divine retribution.

4)

Why did Lavan say "there is no man with us"? His brothers were with them!

1.

Hadar Zekenim: They were relatives; there is no one here Kosher to testify.

2.

Moshav Zekenim: He called his brothers 'dogs'. This is difficult.

5)

What affliction of his daughters did Lavan warn about?

1.

Rashi: Yakov may not deny them Onah (intimacy at the proper times).

2.

Bechor Shor: He may not make them work too hard.

3.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (5): He may not vex them in various ways.

4.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (1): He warned against unnatural Bi'ah (in the anus).

5.

Yoma, 77b: "Im Te'aneh" - By withholding intimacy; 1 "ve'Im Tikach ... " - taking 'Tzaros (additional wives).


1

Yoma (Ibid.): This teaches us that withholding Tashmish is called 'Inuy' - See Torah Temimah, note 12, who discusses the ramification of this statement.yy

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