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Rama in teshuvos yud. Says only Avraham kept the Torah not rest of Avos. The Rambam malachim implies that the Avos didn't keep the whole Torah, only a select few mitzvos. Which is difficult since the gemara says Avraham kept the whole Torah. Minchas Asher Vayishlach offers few suggestions.. one is that das zikeinim birieshis 18.8 brings midrash that implies ...


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It depends who you consider a respected rabbi, but I hope that Rambam meets the criteria. In his letter to Hasdai Ha-levi1 he writes: There can be no doubt that the patriarchs, as well as Noah and Adam, although they did not observe the Torah imperatives, were not consigned to Purgatory (gehenom) but ascended to the highest degree of virtue for having ...


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