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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):

Avraham had the ten trials, and Yitzchak allowed himself to be bound on the Altar; and yet, it is Yaakov who is the "select one of the Patriarchs," and whose face is engraved on the Throne of Glory. What is special about "יעקב איש תם יושב אוהלים," Yaakov, the wholesome one who dwelled in tents (Bereishit 25:27), that Avraham and Yitzchak, who withstood many trials, didn't have?

Rav Moshe answered that Yaakov dedicated himself "constantly and exclusively to Torah and mitzvos, which is greater than any trial.

It was this greatness possessed by Jacob, who abided in tents and devoted himself to Torah study, that merited him the titles and honors cited above.

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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
Where in the Zohar? Where in Darash Moshe? –  Double AA Apr 14 '13 at 5:01
@Shmuel -- I disagree with your edit on two counts: the first is that it was incorrect to add blockquote formatting to the paragraph that you did, as that was a paraphrase, and not a quote. Second of all, the picture serves no purpose, because all the relevant information is here, including the name of the book and the page number, so the image is superfluous, and may even cause harm. If you'd like to discuss this further, take it to Bam. –  Shokhet Feb 6 at 18:28
@Shokhet I think including a link to a picture of the page is valuable and not confusing if appropriately described. Consider my last link here –  Double AA Feb 6 at 19:18
@DoubleAA There are times where it could be useful, but I don't think that this is one of them. All the information (including a partial quote) is right here, in the answer. –  Shokhet Feb 6 at 19:24

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