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I do not have the precise location but I was taught that the Yalkut Yoseph brings down eight answers/considerations to this question. Here are some highlights: According to Rashi the milk was served first which is entirely permissable. According to the Maharal, Avraham only fulfilled the positive commandments while the Gra brings opinions that he wasn't ...


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According to the Ibn Ezra, Nineveh had previously been a righteous city, so they were given a chance to repent, whereas Sodom and Gomorrah didn't merit a prophet to warn them. Ibn Ezra, Jonah 1:2: והנה מצאנו כתוב היתה עיר גדולה לאלהים שהיו יריאים השם מקדם... ופירוש לאלהים כי היו יריאים השם הימים הקדמונים רק עתה בימי יונה החלו לעשות רע. ולולי זה ...


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The sefer שער בת רבים brings from the Alshich and the Abarbanel that the reason that Yitzchok only asked about the wood and the fire was because he was asking a very clever question which would force Avraham to tell him the truth: He asked: Behold, you brought fire and wood from home even though these are things which you can get anywhere, even in the ...


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From wikipedia: Adult female sheep are referred to as ewes, intact males as rams or occasionally tups, castrated males as wethers, and younger sheep as lambs. This is basically what we're seeing in Hebrew too, though the word for lamb -- seh -- can mean "a young animal" which you then specify, see Deuteronomy 14:4 which says "a sheep seh or a goat ...


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More of a partial answer, really, but still a useful contribution. In Yonah, G-d gives a specific reason for having mercy on them. In Yonah 4:11, G-d says: Now should I not take pity on Nineveh, the great city, in which there are many more than one hundred twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and many beasts as well? ...


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Abarbanel says that Avraham was only praying for Sodom (until Hashem told him that He would excuse the entire place, if there were 50), and he chose 50 since it is a religiously significant number, there being 50 types of intellect (?), 50 years is Yovel, after age 50 the Levi stops serving. After he started at 50 and then tried 45, he continues down to ten ...


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The Chida in Sefer Devash L'Pi 1:24 says that Hagar came from Cham. Regarding your question "how can this be understood in light of Avraham's going out of his way to make sure his descendants don't marry into the descendants of Cham?" A look at the verses in Braishis does not mention Cham, it only mentions Canaan. (Breishis 24:3). Rashi explains that since ...


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I found two possible answers that are at odds with one another: 1. We know Ishmael repented in the lifetime of Abraham, since he allowed Isaac to precede him for Abraham's burial, (Gen 25:9, see also B. Bath. 16b). Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer, ch. 30 relates the following, which could suggest that his repentance happened in the desert: "In the merit of Abraham, ...


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(Although this answer contains some of what has been said already, since it comes from the pen of the Netziv, and since he grounds his explanation in the language of the posukim, it is very worthwhile to add it here.) The Netziv here writes: Since logic mandates that a boy be given a name only after he has entered the covenant of the bris of Avraham ...


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The following is my understanding based on things I've read, but I can't give any sources at present. On a physical level, a doorway or a gateway is the dividing line between one domain and another. If there is a door, opening it allows people or things to go from one domain to the other, and closing it effects the opposite. (And bolting the door adds ...


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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 sefer אמרי שפר here writes that his father explained that it is well known that the reason for the mitzvah of accompanying someone at the beginning of their journey is in order that the merit of the one escorting should affect the escortee. We see this with Naomi that when she told Ruth to go down to the threshing-floor where Boaz was, she said (Ruth ...


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The Ramban understands that Avraham knew they were angels (Ramban 18:3 s.v. אד-ני אם). If so, this would make it OK to serve them milk and meat. This would also explain why he was OK serving milk and meat but not serving something impure (see Rashi about not serving the dough) because angels are holy (refered to as kedoshim) and holiness is incompatible ...


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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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