How Avraham was able to receive the Divine Presence if he was not in Eretz Israel and had no brit milah?

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    This question could be improved if you sourced the idea that one can not receive the Divine Presence when A) Not in Eretz Yisroel B) has no Bris Milah.
    – Menachem
    Jun 10, 2013 at 12:18
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    ...or at least gave some reasoning as to why you suspect that might be the case.
    – Double AA
    Jun 10, 2013 at 13:20
  • Very related source: Kuzari chapter 2, sections 12-14. Russian link is here: morashasyllabus.com/Russain/curriculum/Eretz_-_Mahshaevet.pdf
    – gt6989b
    Jun 10, 2013 at 18:18
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    G-d revealed himself to Noach.
    – Menachem
    Jul 2, 2013 at 18:37
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    @Menachem ...and Bilaam. Jul 28, 2013 at 22:28

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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 outside Israel


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 happen in the Land of Israel.

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