Questions tagged [avot-patriarch-fathers]

Generally refers to Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac), and Yaakov (Jacob); the three patriarchs of the Jewish People.

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Did the Patriarchs worship in a temple?

Would Abraham have gone somewhere specific to worship? Or any of the pre-Moses figures? Noah? If so, what would that structure have looked like? Were there decorations? Sacred objects? Also related, ...
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Esav's complaint in Breishit 27:36

In Breishit 27:36, Esav complains that Ya'akov outsmarted him twice. He took his birthright and his blessing. I can somewhat validate Esav's complaint about Ya'akov outsmarting him regarding taking ...
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Why does G-d tell Yitchak to remain in Cana'an?

Breishit 26:1 mentions that there was a famine, so Yitzhak and Rivka go to Gerar. From verse 2, it seems apparent that Yitzhak's intent was to eventually go to Egypt, but G-d tells him to stay in Cana'...
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Why is little said about Isaac?

Three parshiot contain numerous details about Avraham. We learn about his leaving his parents' home, his travelling to Egypt & Gerara among other places, the problems with Hagar and Yishma'el, ...
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Who killed Nimrod?

I used to think that Esav killed Nimrod and took the special garment that was originally Adam Harishon's. (Is this a Midrash?) But now I'm wondering if Avraham Avinu and Eliezer killed Nimrod during ...
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Why is Sarah suddenly referred to in a vague way

Before going to Egypt, Avraham speaks to his wife, who is referred to by name Genesis 12:13 וַיְהִ֕י כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר הִקְרִ֖יב לָב֣וֹא מִצְרָ֑יְמָה וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ אֶל־שָׂרַ֣י אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ הִנֵּה־נָ֣א ...
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Did Ishmael receive "שְׁנַיִם, בְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר-יִמָּצֵא, לוֹ" like a firstborn does?

Did Ishmael ben Avraham receive a double-portion in accordance to the rights of the firstborn? Or did he forfeit them because he was estranged from the family? I know that the law of the double ...
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Places in Tanach where Yaakov & Eliyahu are spelled different than usual

Rashi in Parshas Bechukosai פרק כו פסוק מב says there are 5 places that Yaakov is spelled with a vav like this יעקוב & Eliyahu is spelled without a vav like this אליה. The first full spelling of ...
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The Stones of Yaakov

the gemora in Chulin 91b comments on the pasuk in parsha vayetzei Rabbi Yitzchak said: This tells us that all the stones gathered themselves together into one place and each one said: 'Upon me ...
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Yaakov mourning Yosef vs. Yaakov keeping the mitzvos [duplicate]

Rashi (to Bereishis 32:5) says that Yaakov kept the Torah in Lavan's house. Ramban (to 26:5) says that he only kept it inside Eretz Yisrael. Gur Aryeh (to 32:4 and 46:10) says he kept the Aseh's but ...
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What made Jacob think that Joseph was alive and that he may be in Egypt?

I'm reading Rash"i's explanation n Breishit 43:14 explaining the part of the verse: "May he send you your other brother..." Rash"i says that a holy spirit caused him to include Joseph in this ...
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Why don't we hear about Ya'aqov's other sons mourning his death?

Upon Ya'aqov Avinu's passing (Bereshit 50:1), Yoseph (to the glaring exclusion of his brothers) immediately falls upon his father and weeps. Why don't we hear anything about the brothers weeping or ...
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Why does Ya'aqov refer to Paddan-Aram simply as Paddan?

If I'm not mistaken, Paddan-Aram is only ever referred to by its full name (i.e. Paddan-Aram). Nevertheless, Ya'aqov Avinu at the end of his life, refers to it simply as Paddan (Bereshit 48:7): ...
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Drawing Moshe, Avraham, or anyone else

Is there any source which specifically discourages or prohibits drawing the face of Avraham, Moshe, or any other biblical/rabbinic figure (besides for any issue of drawing people in general)? ...
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Canaanite wives of the Bnei Ya'akov (Sefer HaYashar)

Avraham was extremely careful that Yitzchak not marry a Canaanite and as we know, he married Rivkah bas Besuel ben Nachor. Yitzchak was very careful that Ya'akov not marry a Canaanite and as we know ...
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Why didn't Yaakov rebuke his sons when he found out what they really did to Yosef?

Yaakov had previously reacted by rebuking the actions of Shimon and Levi when they destroyed Schem (Bereishit 34:30): וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל-שִׁמְעוֹן וְאֶל-לֵוִי, עֲכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי, לְהַבְאִישֵׁנִי ...
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Why not send a substitute for Benyamin (sources)?

Why did the brothers, or Yaakov, not send a substitute for Benyamin when Pharaoh demanded that the family produce him? Surely there were young men about his age who were quite familiar with the ...
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Yaakov in our tefillos? Why not Yisroel?

At the beginning of the Amidah we say ברוך אתה ה, אלקינו ואלקי אבותנו אלקי אברהם אלקי יצחק ואלקי יעקב. Simchas Torah's answer to Yisrael or Yaakov? says that Yisrael refers to the spiritual. So why ...
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Rock and Roll: Why did Yaakov roll the rock off of the well? What was his objective?

Genesis 29:10 (10) And when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, and the flock of his uncle Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the rock off the mouth of the well, and watered the ...
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When did yaakov avinu cross the yarden?

Genesis 32:11 quotes yaakov - "כי במקלי עברתי את הירדן הזה..." When did he cross the yarden? Looked back but didn't see it.
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Why was Yaacov punished for hiding Dinah?

Why was Yaacov punished for hiding Dinah from Esav? Isn't this an expected attitude from a loving and protective father?
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Why did Yacov suddenly ask for the first-born rights?

I was amazed when suddenly Yacov Avinu asked his brother for the right of being first born son when Eisav asked for food to eat. Why did he choose that moment?
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Why did Yaakov buy the Bechora from Esav?

This question came up recently, and the immediate answer that I got from people around me is that Yaakov was securing the brachos which are due to the bechor. However, the problem with this answer is ...
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Why doesn't the Chumash record a blessing for Yitzchak?

Yitzchak blesses his two sons. Ya'acov blesses his twelve sons and even a couple of grandsons. Even Noach tells of the future of his sons. Does Avraham ever formally bless Yitzchak? If so, why doesn't ...
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What did Avraham Avinu's tent look like? [duplicate]

What did Avraham Avinu's tent look like? Is there an actual source for the idea that his tent had four doors - one on each side?
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What is the source that Yitzhak knew that he was being sacrificed?

Are there sources that יצחק knew what was going on, during the `Akeda and that he was okay with it? How would these sources come to this conclusion?
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Praying to the Avot? [duplicate]

In the Oral tradition, it appears to be people who pray to their forefathers and foremothers, like Yousef begging Rochela Imeinu at her grave to save him from the Midianyim, and Calev went to the ...
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Sarah is Abraham's sister?

Genesis 20:12 has Abraham honestly saying that Sarah is indeed his sister when he is talking with Abimelek. Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and ...
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Did the 12 sons of Jacob marry outside the jewish race to start off their families?

Did the 12 sons of Jacob marry outside the Jewish race to start off their families?
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Do we know the names of Jacob's daughters?

Rashi in his commentary on Genesis 37:35 quotes the Midrash (Genesis Rabbah 84:21) that each of Jacob's sons was born together with a twin sister. Are there any sources which discuss the names of ...
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Who are considered "avot" who worshipped idols?

In the beginning of the Amidah, we identify "avoteinu" our forefathers and we list them as Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. But in the Haggadah, we begin by saying "Mitchilah, ovdei avodah zara hayu ...
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How could Yaakov make Menashe and Efraim like his sons?

We find in the last part of Bereshit that, just before Yaacov Avinu passed away, he blessed Yosef sons and made them his sons. How do we understand that a grandson becomes a son? Can we apply it in ...
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What is Jacob's ladder?

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:10-17 What is this ladder? What ...
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Was Joseph presenting his father to Pharaoh as a job candidate?

In פרק מז, פסוק ו, Paroah says to Joseph: ״...ואם ידעת ויש בם אנשי-חיל ושמתם שרי מקנה על-אשר-לי.״ "If you know and there are capable men among you, appoint them as managers over my livestock ...
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Why does Avraham's Torah protect before battle reaches him more than Yaakov's g'milas chasadim?

In the Haamek Davar on Lech L'cha 12:17, the author tells us a rule you should understand for all the subsequent sections of Genesis, the "book of the upright", Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: that it ...
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One Navi revealing themselves to another Navi

Rav Moshe Feinstein is quoted in Kol Ram asking why didn't Yosef reveal to his father that he is alive in Egypt. He answers that maybe one navi cannot reveal themselves to another navi without HaShem ...
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Is "וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר" ever fulfilled?

When Yaakov and Eisav are born we are told of their eternal battle. Bereishit (25:23): וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לָהּ, שְׁנֵי גֹיִים בְּבִטְנֵךְ, וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים, מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ; וּלְאֹם ...
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Why didn't Ya'akov contact Yitzchak prior to contacting Esav?

Follow up on this M.Y. question. Genesis 32:4: וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח יַעֲקֹ֤ב מַלְאָכִים֙ לְפָנָ֔יו אֶל־עֵשָׂ֖ו אָחִ֑יו אַ֥רְצָה שֵׂעִ֖יר שְׂדֵ֥ה אֱדֽוֹם׃ And Jacob sent messengers before him to ...
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How did Jacob manage to have 12 children in 7 years?

Did Leah manage to have 6 sons and 1 daughter in the space of 7 years or was it over a longer period of time? In general it seems difficult to fit all of Ya'akov's children into a 7 year period. ...
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Which אֶת is which in Gen. 17:21?

The word "אֶת" can mark the direct object (as in Gen. 1:1) or mean "with" (as in Gen. 35:14). I recently saw someone ask whether "וְאֶת", the first word of Gen. 17:21, means "and with", which struck ...
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Why didn't Esav try to kill Ya'akov while Ya'akov was in Lavan's home?

I'm trying to reconcile a verse with the actual event timeline. Genesis 27:41: וַיִּשְׂטֹ֤ם עֵשָׂו֙ אֶֽת־יַעֲקֹ֔ב עַל־הַ֨בְּרָכָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר בֵּרֲכ֖וֹ אָבִ֑יו וַיֹּ֨אמֶר עֵשָׂ֜ו בְּלִבּ֗וֹ ...
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How could Yaakov have relations with a wife (Leah) whom he hated?

The Gemoro Nedorim 20b is critical of children born to a wife who is hated. וברותי מכם המורדים והפושעים בי אמר רבי לוי אלו בני תשע מדות בני אסנ"ת משגע"ח בני אימה בני אנוסה בני שנואה And I ...
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How did Ya'akov keep his vow regarding tithing?

With permission, I ask this question with honor and respect to a 92 year old man who paid attention to my laining this morning. May he live a long life! Genesis 28:22: וְהָאֶ֣בֶן הַזֹּ֗את אֲשֶׁר־...
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How did Yitzhak get blind?

I once heard that Yitzhak got blind (Genesis 27:1) because G-d showed him the whole world, the future, etc. (basically G-d's view). But I've also heard one opinion that says that he got blind because ...
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Why does the Torah say ואלה תולדת יצחק?

Parashat Toldot starts with the words ואלה תולדת יצחק בן אברהם; אברהם הוליד את יצחק These are the generations of Yitzhak the son of Avraham; Avraham gave birth to Yitzhak. Normally when the Torah ...
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Why doesn't Yitchak have his name changed? [duplicate]

Avram's name was changed to Avraham; Ya'akov's name was changed to Yisra'el. Yitzchak's name was not changed. In the case of Ya'akov, we see that his name was changed in association with a specific ...
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Does 'Halacha Eisav Soneh Yaakov' really mean that it is innate in all gentiles to hate Jews?

People so often use this statement to claim that the gentiles innately hate Jews, is this an accurate understanding of the statement?
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The words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים

Where do the words מעשה אבות סימן לבנים come from?
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Ibrahim slaugthering his son as per Jewish beliefs?

Do Jews have a custom or teaching of Qurban/slaughtering animals as Muslims do to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's test of slaughtering his son? If so, is it on a particular time or month and what this ...
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What was red in the stew that Jacob made for Esau?

Genesis 25:29–30 (JPS): And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came in from the field, and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob: 'Let me swallow, I pray thee, some of this red, red pottage; for I am ...

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