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The Zohar says that Avraham was confident that his wife's merits would protect her (see here). If so, it is readily understandable why Avraham had to go to war for Lot. Lot did not have the merit to protect himself.


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The Midrash Tanchuma on parshas Lech Lecha (י"ז) says: Why was he (Avraham) circumcised only at the age of 99? To teach converts; that if a man comes to convert he should not say “I am an old man, so how can I convert?” He should rather learn from Avraham who circumcised himself at the age of 99!


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The Bible says in Deut 10:22 (and a few other places as well) that: "Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude." This was at the time the Israelites were about 3 million people (by some accounts) after coming out of Egypt. In other words, the Bible considers ...


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The above blessing does not refer to numbers in one generation but to permanence for all time. Chinese are here today but who knows about tomorow. while the promise to avraham is that the Jews will be here forever and ever. This is something only God can guarantee. Related to this, Mark Twain observed. ”...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute ...


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The discrepancy between the three kidnapping cases in Bereishit- twice with Sarah(Pharoah in 12:10-20 and later by Gerar's king 20:1-18) and once with Lot(14:12-18), is that Lot was taken as an act of war(spoils), so he responded with an act of war in return. Sarah, on the other hand, was taken by the two kings while Abraham was a guest in their respective ...


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According to one of the opinions (I believe Rashi holds like this, contrary to the Ramban, according to whom it is a nice question), the prophecy in the beginning of parshas Lech Lecha ("go for your sake ... to the land that I will show you") was not the first one experienced by Avraham. Rather, the first one was the Covenant Between the Parts, which did ...


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God is all capable. He also revealed himself to Yechezkel outside Israel and Bilaam who was a big rasha. I think it's just "normally" in israel in the "normal" spiritual system of prophecy. but just like God can perform miracles and override the normal physical system, so too He can do a miracle in the "normal" way of prophecy and grant someone prophecy even ...



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