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1)

Why does the Torah see fit to inform us that Lavan blessed his grandsons and daughters?

1.

Seforno: Chazal said (Megilah 15a) "do not take the B'rachah of a Hedyot 1 (an ordinary person) lightly." The B'rachah of a father, who blesses with all his heart 2 is even more potent and is bound to materialize.


1

Others say that since Lavan was a Rasha, his Brachah harms! Refer to 24:60:151:1.

2

Refer to 27:4:1:2.

2)

Why does the Torah see fit to inform us that Lavan blessed his grandsons and daughters?

1.

Seforno: Chazal said (Megilah 15a) "Do not take the B'rachah of a Hedyot 1 (an ordinary person) lightly." The B'rachah of a father, who blesses with all his heart 2 is even more potent and is bound to take effect. 3


1

Others say that since Lavan was a Rasha, his Brachah harms! Refer to 24:60:151:1.

2

Refer to 27:4:1:2.

3

Refer to 32:1:3:1.

3)

Why does the Torah not tell us the contents of this B'rachah like it did the B'rachah that he gave his sister Rivkah (in Chayei Sarah, 24:60)?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah (citing the Midrash Rabah): Because it was given when he was downcast and in a bad mood - due to his failed mission, and he said it but did not mean it. 1


1

Refer to 32:1:2:1.

4)

Why does the Torah record that Lavan returned to his place? Also, the verse discusses him; "Lavan"is superfluous!

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (2, from Bereishis Rabah 74:16): He returned to his poverty. The night that he pursued Yakov, robbers took everything of Lavan.

2.

Ha'Emek Davar: He returned to his piror status (before Yakov came). 1


1

Ha'Emek Davar: This is a Siman l'Banim that the Mazal of Nochrim is good only due to Yisrael amidst them, and when Yisrael leave, they return to their poverty.

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