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Naturally, these midrashim about keeping the mitzvot were not meant figuratively. And we cannot say the classic answer (Kiddushin 31a) that Gadol hametzuvah ve'oseh mimi she'eino metzuvah ve'oseh" -- "The one who is commanded and fulfills is greater than the one who fulfills without a command", such that Avraham deliberately waited. Nor will we say like any of these answers.

Avraham Avinu didn't wait. Since he knew it would be an eventual commandment, he gave himself a brit milah immediately, at the tender age of three years old, when he first recognized his Creator (see Nedarim 32). However, since Hashem now issued him this command, what he actually performed on himself and all his male household was hatafas dam bris, just as Yisro did when he circumcised himself (see Maharsha on Sanhedrin 94).

Naturally, these midrashim about keeping the mitzvot were not meant figuratively. And we cannot say the classic answer (Kiddushin 31a) that Gadol hametzuvah ve'oseh mimi she'eino metzuvah ve'oseh" -- "The one who is commanded and fulfills is greater than the one who fulfills without a command", such that Avraham deliberately waited. Nor will we say like any of these answers.

Avraham Avinu didn't wait. Since he knew it would be an eventual commandment, he gave himself a brit milah immediately, at the tender age of three years old, when he first recognized his Creator (see Nedarim 32). However, since Hashem now issued him this command, what he actually performed on himself and all his male household was hatafas dam bris.

Naturally, these midrashim about keeping the mitzvot were not meant figuratively. And we cannot say the classic answer (Kiddushin 31a) that Gadol hametzuvah ve'oseh mimi she'eino metzuvah ve'oseh" -- "The one who is commanded and fulfills is greater than the one who fulfills without a command", such that Avraham deliberately waited. Nor will we say like any of these answers.

Avraham Avinu didn't wait. Since he knew it would be an eventual commandment, he gave himself a brit milah immediately, at the tender age of three years old, when he first recognized his Creator (see Nedarim 32). However, since Hashem now issued him this command, what he actually performed on himself and all his male household was hatafas dam bris, just as Yisro did when he circumcised himself (see Maharsha on Sanhedrin 94).

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Naturally, these midrashim about keeping the mitzvot were not meant figuratively. And we cannot say the classic answer (Kiddushin 31a) that Gadol hametzuvah ve'oseh mimi she'eino metzuvah ve'oseh" -- "The one who is commanded and fulfills is greater than the one who fulfills without a command", such that Avraham deliberately waited. Nor will we say like any of these answers.

Avraham Avinu didn't wait. Since he knew it would be an eventual commandment, he gave himself a brit milah immediately, at the tender age of three years old, when he first recognized his Creator (see Nedarim 32). However, since Hashem now issued him this command, what he actually performed on himself and all his male household was hatafas dam bris.