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Are Muslims also promised the Land of Israel?

God's further comments in Genesis 17 and 21 clarify that Isaac is the sole descendant who would be the bearer of the covenant. (See, for example, 21:12 and 17:19-21.)
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What was Avraham Avinu's mother's name?

Her name was אמתלאי בת כרנבו. ואמר רב חנן בר רבא אמר רב אמיה דאברהם אמתלאי בת כרנבו אמיה דהמן אמתלאי בת עורבתי וסימניך טמא טמא טהור טהור Bava Basra 91a (I knew it existed, but will admit to ...
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Who performed the bris of Abraham?

Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer 29 says that Shem Ben Noach performed Avraham's bris. The Medrash Rabba Bereishis 49:2 says that Hashem held Avraham's hand and helped him perform the bris. בראשית רבה מט ב. ...
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Why didn't Abraham ask the single best question?

We see in Vayeira 18:32 32 And he said, "Please, let the Lord's wrath not be kindled, and I will speak yet this time, perhaps ten will be found there." And He said, "I will not destroy for the ...
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What is the source for: One shouldn't name a baby using names from before Abraham

Pitchei Teshuva YD 265:6 עיין בשו"ת תשובה מאהבה ח"א סימן ל"ה שאין להקפיד מלקרות שמות כשמות שהיה קודם אברהם אבינו ע"ה דלא כהמבי"ט ח"א סי' רע"ו שכתב דאין ראוי לקרוא ...
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Did Avraham Avinu really have a daughter named Bakol?

Bava Batra (16b) records a dispute (found earlier in Tosefta Kiddushin (5:17 in R. Lieberman's edition) regarding the interpretation of Genesis (24:1) which states that God blessed Abraham "bakol" (...
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How could Avraham feed his guests tongue?

Clearly, Avraham had the guests acquire the tongues before slaughtering the animal. As he assumed they were non-Jews, their ownership of the relevant body parts exempts those body parts from the ...
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Who was the mother of Avraham's daughter?

Tosfos in Bava Basra 141a writes: בת היה לו ובכל שמה. וא"ת ולמה לא השיאה ליצחק למ"ד בפרק ארבע מיתות (סנהדרין דף נח:) דבן נח מותר באחותו וי"ל דשמא קטנה היתה ולא רצה עדיין להשיאה ליצחק אי נמי ...
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Are Muslims also promised the Land of Israel?

Besides the main issue of God's explicit identification of Isaac for this inheritance, already conveyed in DoubleAA's answer, note that Islam is a belief system whose creation came way after the ...
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Why is Sarah rebuked for laughing whereas Avraham is not?

The commentators have several different approaches here. [Sources are from a shiur my father gives. Text copied either from Sefaria (first two) or his sourcesheet (last two).] Rashi's take (17:17), ...
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Was Avrohom really born in 1948?

For example, the posuk (5:32) says that Noach begot Sheim (Chom and Yefes) when he was 500 so I added 500 on to 1056 and got 1556. But it doesn't say what order they were born in. Rashi later on (10:...
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Are there any Jewish traditions that can place Abraham in the location of present day Mecca?

Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan, stopping at Haran along the way (Genesis 11:31, 12:5). Chaldeans were described as coming from the north (Jeremiah 1:14). Since Mecca is far south, a ...
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Is it sourced that Avrohom Avinu charged his guests payment if they did not make a Brachah?

The Shita Mekubetzet to Sotah 10b brings exactly what you are remembering in the name of midrash. והודו ושבחו וברכו למי שאמר והיה העולם. יש במדרש שלא רצו לברך ברצונם עד שאמר להם אברהם אבינו פרעו מה ...
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Is it sourced that Avrohom Avinu charged his guests payment if they did not make a Brachah?

Midrash Rabbah 49:7 (Sefaria Link) (Hebrewbooks.org Link) brings the story in full, including the details about the exorbitant prices Avraham would charge, since he was located in the desert. כִּי ...
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Why are there so few Jews if God promised Abraham his children would number like the stars?

Being as numerous as the stars nowadays would in fact be inconsistent with our current state, as in exile we now bear the burden of the terrible curses in Deuteronomy, one of which foretells our ...
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Why didn't Avraham argue with HaShem about sacrificing Yitzchak just like he argued with Him about destroying Sodom?

Ralbag has an interesting explanation of the challenge of the Binding of Isaac, which could answer this question. He explains that the challenge was specifically to see how easy it would be for ...
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Midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave

You're perhaps referring to the Sefer Hayashar on Chayei Sarah: ויכתוב אברהם את הדבר הזה בספר ויחתום, ויעד ארבעה עדים. ואלה שמות העדים: אמיגל בן אבישוע החתי אליחורף בן אשונה החוי, עדון בן אחירע הגרדי,...
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The hebrew meaning of the name Laila

In modern Hebrew "Laila" (hebrew לילה) translates directly to "night". It is very common in the old testament for names to carry meanings. The name Laila (לילה) is special in the regard it appears in ...
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Did Abraham know that Lot survived the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Rashi on Genesis 20:1:1: ויסע משם אברהם. (excerpt) להתרחק מלוט שיצא עליו שם רע שבא על בנותיו My translation (and context): The parsha (paragraph) following the story of Lot mentions that Avraham ...
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Did Abraham and Noah know of each other?

The Kad Ha'Kemach by Rabeinu Bachyei ben Asher, implies that Avraham saw Noach (see footnote ג). It is very possible he met him later on on life since they were from different locations. As was ...
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Source that Avraham's tent was open on all sides?

According to Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov here in the comments, the earliest recorded source for this idea is in the commentary of Rabbeinu Yona to Pirkei Avos 1:5.
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Source that Avraham's tent was open on all sides?

It is clearly stated in Shochar Tov, the Midrash on Tehillim chapter 110. זש"ה (ישעיה מא) מי העיר ממזרח צדק. ישנים היו אומות העכו"ם מלבא תחת כנפי השכינה ומי העירן לבא לחסות תחת כנפי השכינה אברהם ...
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Why did Avraham argue with G-d about Sodom but not about his son's sacrifice?

I hope you'll accept my memory lapse as to who said it, but I once saw one of the mefarshim say that by Sedom, Avraham was "tipped" as to the fact that he should advocate, as he figured "why else ...
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Why did the angel overturning Sodom visit Abraham?

The final decree on S'dom was not made until they visited Avraham and Sarah. Their behavior sealed the doom of S'dom. Had Avraham not received them as he did, there would have been an argument not to ...
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Where, and what, is Elonei Mamre? And who is Mamre?

Ber. 13:18 Abram moved on. He came and settled in the (1)Plains of (2)Mamre, in (3)Hebron, and there he built an altar to God. (1)Plains Eloney Mamre in Hebrew. Others translate it, 'Terebinths ...
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“As many as the stars in the sky”- literally or allegorically?

As I wrote in this answer: According to Ralbag (Commentary to Parshas Lech Lecha), the promise was not that Avraham's descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Rather the promise was that they ...
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Why Did God Directly Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac but Sent Angels to Stop Him?

Leviticus Rabbah (parsha 1) states that the angel called but the utterance spoke: באברהם כתיב ויקרא מלאך ה' אל אברהם המלאך קורא והדבור מדבר R. Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg understands this to mean that ...
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Why don't we have a weaning party like Avraham did?

According to one opinion in the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 53:10), we do. וַיִּגְדַּל הַיֶּלֶד וַיִּגָּמַל (בראשית כא, ח), רַבִּי הוֹשַׁעְיָה רַבָּה אָמַר נִגְמַל מִיֵּצֶר הָרָע. רַבָּנָן אָמְרֵי ...
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Did Abraham and Noah know of each other?

Yes they Avraham stayed together with Noach for 39 years Midrash Sefer Hayashar parshas Noach states explicitely: ויהי בצאת אברם מן המערה וילך לו אל נח ושם בנו וישב בביתם ללמוד את מוסר ה ואת ...
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Where was Malkitzedek of Jerusalem at the time of the Akedah?

Malkitzedek was no longer Kohen Gadol at the time, as it says in Nedarim 32b: "Rabbi Zekharya said in the name of Rabbi Yishmael: The Holy One, Blessed be He, wanted the priesthood to emerge ...
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