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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" (literally: with everything): Rabbi Meir says: The blessing is that he did not have a daughter. Rabbi Yehuda says: On the contrary, the blessing was that he had a ...


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This is the interpretation of the Shem Mishmuel on the Parsha (5671). His reasoning is that the three 'blessings' of Sarah's tent correspond to three miracles that occurred in the Mishkan, the third of which was that the showbread remained fresh for the entire week. Therefore, he says that the 'blessing in the dough' means the same thing.


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The Ramban addresses this in his commentary to B'reishis 17:17. He explains that miracle of Yitzchok's birth was not the age of Avraham or Sarah (as Avraham later had children from Keturah (Hagar) when he was 140). At that time, as long as people remained fertile they could still conceive children past age hundred. Rather, the miracle was in the fact that ...


10

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 nation's size being very few, rather than numerous as the stars. See Deut 28:62. וְנִשְׁאַרְתֶּם, בִּמְתֵי מְעָט, תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר הֱיִיתֶם, כְּכוֹכְבֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם ...


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The question here seems to be based on a problem with the translation. The text of the Rashi in question is: בן ק' כבן ע' ובן ע' כבן ה' בלא חטא There is nothing there about "strength". Rashi simply says that Avraham at the age of 100 was like 70, and at the age of 70 was like 5, without sin. Compare the translation on Chabad.org: one hundred years ...


9

Based on a shiur by Rav Amnon Bazak at Yeshivat Har Etzion quoting the Arugas Habosem the amount paid by Avraham was enough to buy 2.4 million square Amos. In an extraordinary piece of arithmetic computation, the Arugat Ha-bosem proves that 400 shekel - the price of sdei ha-machpela - was enough to buy 2.4 million square amot, based on the price of ...


8

As far as I know, there are three approaches to this: This was a natural occurrence. This is the opinion of Ramban, as is explained in this answer. This approach is also taken by R' David Tzvi Hoffman, who adds that given Avraham's lifespan at 175, his age at the time of marrying Keturah (about 140) is comparable to the age of 56 for someone of a more ...


8

Daas Zekeinim Baalei Tosfiyos says that you have to say that Anair Eshkol and Mamrei were not from Canaan. However over here Daas Zekeinim Baalei Tosfiyos says they were from Cannan, however they were still better than Eliezer as they were not Avadim like him.


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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky in his Sefer טעמא דקרא brings down (on Parshash Chayei Sarah) that Rivka's mothers name was Devorah, indeed the same Devorah that the Torah referres to as the מינקת. His source is Midrash Agadah Parshas Vayishlach!


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The source of the name Maaras Hamachpeila could shed some light on this question. - According to one opinion in Eiruvin 53a, either Rav or Shmuel (the Gemara doesn't say which one said it) says the cave is named because it is "doubled with couples" i.e. there are many couples there. This would seem to imply that its main significance is who is buried there. ...


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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 of Mamre.' See note on Genesis 12:6. Josephus states that it was by an oak called Ogyges (Ancient One) (Antiquities 1:10:4; Wars 4:9:7). (2)Mamre An Amorite ...


7

The Pele Yoetz answers this question by saying that if one can get a beautiful wife and she is also fearing of God then that is the best combination. I think he says the reason is that a pretty wife will help her husband from sinning. The rule of שקר החן is for someone who cannot find any God fearing wife except a non-pretty one, in that case we say שקר החן....


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Linguistically, either there is no connection, or they are closely related, depending on which root you decide is being employed. Ernest Klein's Etymological Dictionary (page 654) has 2 separate words spelled שיח. One is "speak, talk, converse" and is traced to the Arabic (was diligent) and is also spelled with a samech. The other means a shrub, traced to ...


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Rashi to Bereishit 12:6 notes that the Canaanites were conquering the land from Shem’s descendants at the time Avraham came there: והכנעני אז בארץ. הָיָה הוֹלֵךְ וְכוֹבֵשׁ אֶת אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל מִזַּרְעוֹ שֶׁל שֵׁם, שֶׁבְּחֶלְקוֹ שֶׁל שֵׁם נָפְלָה כְּשֶׁחָלַק נֹחַ אֶת הָאָרֶץ לְבָנָיו, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר וּמַלְכִּי צֶדֶק מֶלֶךְ שָׁלֵם (ברא' י"ב), לְפִיכָךְ ...


7

Yes. Rashi 24:42 brings from the Medrash: אָמַר רַבִּי אֲחָא יָפָה שִׂיחָתָן שֶׁל עַבְדֵי אָבוֹת לִפְנֵי הַמָּקוֹם מִתּוֹרָתָן שֶׁל בָּנִים, שֶׁהֲרֵי פָּרָשָׁה שֶׁל אֱלִיעֶזֶר הכְּפוּלָה בַּתּוֹרָה וְהַרְבֵּה גּוּפֵי תוֹרָה לֹא נִתְּנוּ אֶלָּא בִּרְמִיזָה.‏ R. Acha said: The ordinary conversation of the patriarchs' servants is more pleasing to God than even ...


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It is imagery. The promise was not that there would be exactly as many Israelites as stars. It was that this man without a child would have 'many, many' descendants, as has already been the case in history, and anyway, who knows how many Jews will yet exist in future as well.


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The Chida in Sefer Devash L'Pi 1:24 says that Hagar came from Cham. Regarding your question "how can this be understood in light of Avraham's going out of his way to make sure his descendants don't marry into the descendants of Cham?" A look at the verses in Braishis does not mention Cham, it only mentions Canaan. (Breishis 24:3). Rashi explains that since ...


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Rashi on Breishit 26:2 (@Yez is correct). Summarizing Rashi and Sifsei Chachamim's emmendations - Yitzhak was considered as a sacrifice (which, he was from the akieda). Sifsei Chachamim says he was considered Kodesh Kadashim ("most holy") and such sacrifices were not allowd to be taken out of the azarah. The entire land of Israel was considered the azara at ...


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Chasdei Dovid explains per Rashi that says Bas Kuf K'Bas Chaf L'Yofi that Sara was as beautiful at 100 as a 20 year old. Therfore there is a small Chaf as he did not cry regarding her lost beauty, he cried regarding the loss of her Yiras HaChet.


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Firstly, I would like to add to the question: Rashi on Bereshis 25:20 says that after the akeida, Yitzchak waited to marry Rivkah for 3 years המתין לה עד שתהא ראויה לביאה שלש שנים ונשאה: He waited for her until she would be fit for marital relations-three years-and then married her. — [From Gen. Rabbah 57:1; From here it's pretty clear that ...


5

The above blessing does not refer to numbers in one generation but to permanence for all time. Chinese are here today but who knows about tomorow. while the promise to avraham is that the Jews will be here forever and ever. This is something only God can guarantee. Related to this, Mark Twain observed. ”...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute ...


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Rabbi Sorotzkin compares it to the 100 kesitah that Yaakov paid for the land in Shechem on which to settle himself, his family and his flocks. IIRC, Rabbi Sorotzkin says that a kesitah was a quarter of a shekel (.25). Thus, 400 shekel was 1600 kesitah. This means that Avraham paid 16 times what Yaakov did for just the burial cave. Of course, Efron "included"...


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I think that you will see that the reference to Ish occurs when he appears as the leader of a major caravan with 10 camels, showing wealth and needing to impress Rivkah's parents and brother with his position. Only when he gets to his mission is he called eved. This shows that his viewpoint is to do the best he can for his master and that his own concept of ...


5

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, in his commentary on these two verses and on Genesis 2:5, says that "שיח," in both contexts, refers to "growth." In 21:15, R' Hirsch interprets "תַּחַת אַחַד הַשִּׂיחִם" as, generically, "under something that was growing there," underlining Hagar's panicked indifference to where she dropped Yishmael, to the point of not taking note ...


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I've wondered the same thing. This is my best attempt, but I don't have a source for it. In pasuk 10, Rashi says that Eliezer brought with him a document that Avraham had signed, giving all of his possessions to Yitzchak. That would include Eliezer himself. While he was looking for a wife for Yitzchak, he was still fulfilling his original command from ...


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One of the main tenets of Judaism is that humans have free choice. That means that in spite being raised in a perfect environment with the the most righteous surroundings, a person can still choose to make the wrong decisions and be evil/do active that warrant punishment (the positive side of this is that we can also always choose positively, in spite of any ...


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"If so, why does the Torah stress again and again that Avraham bought the cave from Efron HaChiti?" So that there wouldn't be any question as to ownership rights. See here for more.


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The Or Hachaim Bereshis 24:12 answers this question: Eliezer was worried that once Betuel and family know that Avraham instructed him to find a wife specifically from the family and NOT from Canaan, they would offer one of their Canaanite maid servants as a match - and say that this is their own daughter. Therefore Eliezer went by his mission/shlichut the ...


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Sefer Ziknei Machane Yehuda - page 57 - in the name of Rabbi Shalom Shachana M'Lublin says that according to the Gemara Bava Basra 16b, Avraham had a daughter named Bakol. He says that she died at the same time as Sara. Without the Chaf the remaining letters spell U'Lbita and for his daughter, as Avraham came to mourn both his wife and his daughter at the ...


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msh210 is correct but... al pi drush one can say the main part of the parsha revolved around Yitzchok's finding a wife. This happened in large part as his emotional replacement for his mother as the Torah attests at the end of chapter 24 'and Yitzchok was comforted after his mother'. Another point is kabbalisticaly speaking, as brought in Chida and others ...


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