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It seems from many seforim that Avraham kept some of the torah. For example Avraham baked matzos for pesach. I do not know to what extant he kept it, but he kept some of it.


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I think that I found this talmudical debate. See Gemara Eruvin 64b-65a: R'Shesheth citing R'Eleazar B`Azariah observed: I could justify the exemption from judgment of all the [Israelite] world since the day of the destruction of the Temple until the present time, for it is said in Scripture: Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted and drunken but not ...


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No. The conversation of the Gemara takes place after the churban. The fact that they are discussing the practical application of halacha proves they held ot binding in their era.


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You could as easily ask why the torah has mitzvot that can be observed only in Israel, when God knew that we would be in exile for thousands of years. But for God to not give us mitzvot specific to Israel, or the Temple, would "normalize" galut and the absence of the Temple. It shouldn't feel normal and routine that we are not in Israel, and it shouldn't ...


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There is no issue with doing a mitzvah with the hope that the mitzvah will give you some benefit or be a merit for some other supplication. On the contrary it is seen as a righteous deed. This idea is found in the Gemara Pesachim (8a) regarding one who gives charity in order for one's child to be healed from sickness and other requests: האומר סלע זו ...


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Rashi, Deuteronomy 4:23: ואתחנן. אין חנון בכל מקום אלא לשון מתנת חנם, אע"פ שיש להם לצדיקים לתלות במעשיהם הטובים, אין מבקשים מאת המקום אלא מתנת חנם Even though righteous people can ask for favors based on their good deeds, they ask only for free gifts. In addition, in Brachot 32b, Rabbi Chiya bar Aba says in the name of Rabbi Yochanan that whoever ...


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It is not accurately at the center of the question but see Pri Haarets Parashat Reeh See in Wikitext I think that he touch that one may make a mitsva in way to get some wished issue. I will to past the text in Hebrew with a large paraphrase in English, and at end write a summary of the parts of the question which are answered an what the answer is: I will ...



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