Why does the Torah insert "Beneihem" without mentioning the female camels?


Rashi: Don't read it 'Beneihem' 1 , says the Midrash, but "Bana'eiham" (with reference to their males, which matched the females - one male camel per female camel) 2 . The Torah only hints this, because camels are particularly modest in their mating habits.


Hadar Zekenim: There is no word in Leshon ha'Kodesh for female camels. 3


Rashbam: "Beneihem" means literally 'their babies'.


Peninim mi'Shulchan ha'Gra, Ha'Emek Davar: The word Beneihem is extra. Milk of a Tamei animal is Asur. Surely he mentioned that they are nursing due to the children (Bava Basra 78b)! (This assumes that Esav and his family and entourage would not drink Tamei milk, even after he moved away from his father. This is astounding! - PF).


See Na'ar Yonasan as to whether there were thirty in total or thirty males and thirty females. Ba'al ha'Turim (15) holds that there were 30 in all, for he says that there were 550 animals in all.


Even so, the Torah could have specified the number of nursing camels and the number of Beneihem! It seems that he must hold like Rashi, that it is due to their modesty. (PF)


What are "Ayarim"?


Rashi: Male donkeys. 1


Targum Yonasan: They are tender babies.

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