hebrew
1)

Why did Ya'akov's gift comprise a little of this and a little of that?

1.

Seforno: When sending a gift to someone who cannot obtain enough, one sends something big and in large quantities. 1 But when the recipient is a generous person who lacks nothing, one goes for quality rather than quantity, and sends things that are more rare and expensive in small quantities.


1

Seforno: Such as the gift that Ya'akov sent Eisav.

2)

Seeing as the gift was basically uncalled for, what deeper reason might Ya'akov have had for instructing his sons to give a gift to Yosef?

1.

Seforno #1: Before going in to see Yosef, they would be able to determine his attitude towards them, and thereby know what to say when he confronted them. 1

2.

Seforno #2 (in Pasuk 13): It will also serve as a sort of atonement that goes ahead of you. 2


1

Seforno: Much in the same way as Mano'ach's wife stated "Had Hashem wanted to put us to death, He would not have accepted an Olah and a Minchah!" - Shoftim, 13:23.

2

As a sort of bribe. Seforno: See Mishlei 17:8. See also Bereishis 32:21.

3)

What are "Botnim"?

1.

Rashi: Pistachio nuts. 1


1

According to Targum Yonasan, Ya'akov sent (not pistachios and almonds, but) pistachio-oil and almond-oil.

4)

Why did Ya'akov accept Yehudah's offer but not that of Reuven?

1.

Avos de'R. Nasan: Refer to 42:38:1:5.

5)

רש"י: לשון יתר הוא: למה פירש רש"י כך?

1.

גור אריה: היה צריך לכתוב 'אם כן זאת עשו', וה"אפוא" מיותר ולתקון הלשון.

6)

רש"י: שהכל מזמרים עליו: אולי "זמרת" מלשון קצירה- דבר שנקצר מהארץ?

1.

גור אריה: כל דבר נקצר [-גם גידולים פשוטים] ומנחה באה רק מהמשובח.

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