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1)

What does "Aseres Monim" mean?

1.

Rashi: One Moneh equals ten times, 1 in which case "Aseres Monim" means that Lavan changed the conditions a hundred times. 2

2.

Targum Onkelos: It means simply ten times.

3.

Rashbam: Even assuming that literally, "Monim" means ten times, it is an exaggeration, and what it really means is very often.


1

This is based on 'Minyan' (See Sifsei Chachamim).

2

He averaged about once in three weeks! Refer to 31:8:1:1,2.

2)

If Lavan really changed his wages so often, why did the Torah not mention it at the time?

1.

Ramban: Such is the way of the Torah, to leave the obvious to the imagination, or to mention it in one place but not in the other. 1


1

Ramban: Just as we find that, earlier (30:15), it does not specifically state that Leah gave Rachel the Duda'im.

3)

What does "Aseres Monim" mean?

1.

Rashi: One Moneh equals ten times, 1 in which case "Aseres Monim" means that Lavan changed the conditions a hundred times. 2 & 3

2.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means simply ten times.

3.

Rashbam: It is La'av Davka ten times and simply means 'very often'. 4


1

From the Lashon 'Minyan' (See Sifsei Chachamim).

2

An average of over seven times a year!

3

Refer also to 31:8:1:1&2.

4

Rashbam: Like we find in Vayikra 26:26 "Eser Nashim Lachm'chem" and in Iyov, 19:3 "Eser Pe'amim Tachlomeni".

4)

What does "Aseres Monim" mean?

1.

Rashi: One Moneh equals ten times, 1 in which case "Aseres Monim" means that Lavan changed the conditions a hundred times. 2 & 3

2.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means simply ten times.

3.

Rashbam: It is La'av Davka ten times and simply means 'very often'. 4


1

From the Lashon 'Minyan' (See Sifsei Chachamim).

2

An average of over seven times a year!

3

Refer also to 31:8:1:1&2.

4

Rashbam: Like we find in Vayikra 26:26 "Eser Nashim Lachm'chem" and in Iyov, 19:3 "Eser Pe'amim Tachlomeni".

5)

What is "Hesel Bi"?

1.

Ohr ha'Chayim: Lavan saw how many were born with appearances that Yakov receives, so he would stipulate one way before the animals became pregnant, and change the terms after they were pregnant.

2.

Malbim, Ha'Emek Davar: He deviated about the initial separation of animals 1 (refer to 30:35:1:2, 30:35:2:3), and changed the terms Aseres Monim.


1

Ha'Emek Davar: Since he removed everything with white, I was forced to use sticks!

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