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Why was Avraham the only person that, according to tradition, was tested by God 10 times?

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Where does it say that only he was? –  Monica Cellio Nov 5 '12 at 1:39
    
Are you implying everyone else gets tested more or less than 10 times? –  Double AA Nov 5 '12 at 4:23
    
from logic it would seem that he was tested because he was the one from where the nation of israel would start and also from passing these test we as grandchildren are able to survive galus. –  sam Nov 6 '12 at 19:41
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According to Kabbalah in Zohar, just like Avraham was tested with 10 trials, so is everyone. That means every person has 10 major tests in his lifetime.

Rav Moshe Feinstein in his Darash Moshe (Genesis 25:27, ArtScroll Judaica Classics, page 48):

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explained that Yaakov Avinu did not have 10 tests because he learned Torah instead. As a result, Yaakov Avinu was the greatest and had the most honors. Rav Moshe explained that if you learn Torah you don't need the tests.

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Your answer would be a lot more useful if you could provide a source for the idea that every person is faced with ten trials throughout their life. –  Michoel Apr 14 '13 at 3:44
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Where in the Zohar? Where in Darash Moshe? –  Double AA Apr 14 '13 at 5:01
    
How did you get a picture of that? –  shlomo Apr 14 '13 at 23:54
    
I have a copy.. –  Seth J Apr 15 '13 at 1:25
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