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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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I have heard the phrase מעשה אבות סימן לבנים (Don't recall its source). Does it mean: The actions that our forefathers performed serve as signs for the children's actions (I.e. - we should emulate …
asked Dec 5 '14 by DanF
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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 e …
asked Oct 19 '15 by DanF
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I'm a bit puzzled that the concepts of cheating and deception seem to repeat themselves in almost every weekly parsha from Toldot through Vayechi. Ya'akov apparently takes advantage of a tired Esav b …
asked Nov 27 '17 by DanF
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In Breishit 23:2, Rash"i cites Breishit Rabba which mentions that 4 couples were buried there. (I asked a separate question about Adam and Chava). When visiting Me'arat Hamachpela, one finds signs fo …
asked Nov 25 by DanF
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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, binding …
asked Nov 13 '17 by DanF
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The Talmud (appreciate if someone can edit the location) says that one way to change one's mazal is to change his / her name. Avram became Avraham; Sarai became Sarah and Ya'akov became Yisrael. Did …
asked Oct 16 '18 by DanF
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The Torah states (Bereshis 35:10) that when G-d blessed Ya'akov, he says, "Your name shall no longer be called Ya'akov, but Yisra'el shall be your name". If so, why does God, and we are allowed to cal …
asked May 7 '14 by DanF
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In Breishit 31:45, Ya'akov takes a stone and creates a מצבה (my translation - "monument") In verse 46, he takes several stones and creates a גל (my translation "heap"). Both of them were used as "wi …
asked Nov 22 '17 by DanF
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I'm having a bit of trouble understanding Or Hachaim's explanation on Breishit 29:18. Usually Jewish slaves work for only 6 years. Yet, Ya'akov offers to work for Lavan for 7 years as payment for marr …
asked Nov 27 '17 by DanF
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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 t …
asked Nov 17 '17 by DanF
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I know that there are some Midrashim that "blame" Ya'akov for sending messengers to Esav. But, after he sends them, they return and report that Esav is coming after him with 400 men. We see that he s …
asked Nov 27 '17 by DanF
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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 יִקְרְ …
asked Nov 17 '15 by DanF
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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 Es …
asked Nov 24 '15 by DanF
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Inevitably, my rav is unafraid to admit what he doesn't know, but he will pose the question, anyway. I heard this from him during last week's Seudah Shlishit, after the herring: There are two sins th …
asked Jun 11 '18 by DanF
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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 …
asked Nov 15 '17 by DanF

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