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

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The Ramban seems to have understood it as the second option: Ramban to Bereishis 12:6 אומר לך כלל תבין אותו בכל הפרשיות הבאות בענין אברהם יצחק ויעקב והוא ענין גדול הזכירוהו רבותינו בדרך קצרה ואמר …
answered Dec 5 '14 by Y     e     z
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R' Yaakov Kaminetzky points this out in his first entry on Parshas Toldos. He also points out that in the Rambam's brief historical description of the impact of the Avos (Hil. Avodas Kochavim 1:3) Yit …
answered Feb 13 '18 by Y     e     z
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I heard from a relative of R' Yaakov Kaminetzky that R' Yaakov pointed out that we don't say "מתחילה אבותיהו היו עובדי עבודה זרה / at first our forefathers were idolaters," but rather "מתחילה עובדי עב …
answered Apr 25 '16 by Y     e     z
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Rav Moshe Shapira explained this as part of a broader approach to the difference between the philosophy of Avraham and that of Shem. To summarize, Shem was an ascetic, and believed in spirituality di …
answered Nov 11 '14 by Y     e     z
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Berachos 12b-13a כיוצא בו אתה אומר (בראשית לה, י) "לא יקרא שמך עוד יעקב כי אם ישראל יהיה שמך" לא שיעקר יעקב ממקומו אלא ישראל עיקר ויעקב טפל לו Similarly we find "Your name shall not be called …
answered May 7 '14 by Y     e     z
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The fiery furnace was sacrificing himself, which does not go against Avraham's nature of being kind to others. The Akeida is sacrificing someone else, his own son no less (nature of father is to have …
answered Jan 17 '14 by Y     e     z
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A few answers: The Dover Shalom writes that each of the Avos attained a unique recognition of Hashem, Avraham through "gedulah," and Yitzchok through "gevurah," and Yaakov through each of his fathers …
answered Mar 26 '19 by Y     e     z
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Ephraim was the younger son and yet he exceeded Menashe, his older brother. The Bnei Yisoschar says that there were two possible negative reactions to this - Menashe could have been jealous of Ephraim …
answered Jan 5 '15 by Y     e     z
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Tosefos in Yevamos 64a points out that according to one medrash Rivka was 3 when she was married, and therefore was incapable of having children for 10 years. On top of that, it takes 10 years to est …
answered Jan 17 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Malbim (commentary to Numbers 22:21) writes that את is used as "with" when two entities are engaged in the same activity but are not equals in that activity. Thus Bilaam was told not to go with - …
answered Nov 20 '15 by Y     e     z
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I heard in a shiur from R' Moshe Wolfson that Avraham was given his new name in the context of the promise to have children and become a nation. The letter ה is the אות ההולדה, the letter of birth, a …
answered Oct 27 '14 by Y     e     z
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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 …
answered Jan 26 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Rashbam to Bereishis 43:33 writes that not only were the 6 sons of Leah born in 7 years, but also all of the other sons of Yaakov (with the obvious exception of Binyamin, who is explicitly mention …
answered Nov 22 '15 by Y     e     z
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Rabeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam, in explaining why Reuvein didn't tell Yaakov (since Reuvein wasn't in on the sale), suggest in one answer that Reuvein didn't tell for the same reason that Yosef didn't - …
answered Dec 14 '14 by Y     e     z
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The Malbim (synopsis here in Sefer HaCarmel) explains that the primary challenge of the akeida was actually not the command to sacrifice Yitzchok, but rather the command to not sacrifice him (see the …
answered Dec 10 '15 by Y     e     z

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