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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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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 ...


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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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The Zohar Chodosh 97,2 says that Avraham scented Gan Eden at the entrance of Meoras Hamachpeila and desired to be buried there where Adam Harishon was buried. רַבִּי קִיסְמָא אָמַר, מְעָרַת הַמַּכְפֵּלָה, סָמוּךְ לְפֶתַח גַּן עֵדֶן. בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁמֵּתָה חַוָּה, בָּא אָדָם לְקָבְרָהּ שָׁם. וְשָׁם הֵרִיחַ, מֵרֵיחוֹת גַּן עֵדֶן, בְּאוֹתוֹ הָרֵיחַ שֶׁהָיָה ...


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Avraham did threaten to take the land by force as well as offering to pay for it. See Rashi 23:4 from Medrash Rabba. גר ותושב אנכי עמכם. גֵּר מֵאֶרֶץ אַחֶרֶת וְנִתְיַשַּׁבְתִּי עִמָּכֶם. וּמִדְרַשׁ אַגָּדָה אִם תִּרְצוּ הֲרֵינִי גֵּר, וְאִם לָאו אֶהְיֶה תּוֹשָׁב וְאֶטְּלֶנָּה מִן הַדִּין, שֶׁאָמַר לִי הַקָּבָּ"ה לְזַרְעֲךָ אֶתֵּן אֶת הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת: ...


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According to the Tosefta (Sotah 6:3), he did attempt to claim his inheritance, and that was what prompted Sarah to kick him out (as opposed to the other opinions there, that Yishmael did the three cardinal sins). אלא אין צחוק האמור כאן אלא לענין ירושה שכשנולד אבינו יצחק לאברהם אבינו היו הכל שמחין ואומרין נולד בן לאברהם [נולד בן לאברהם] נוחל את העולם ...


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The commentaries on Chayei Sarah 24:4-6 show why this is so. 4 But you shall go to my land and to my birthplace, and you shall take a wife for my son, for Isaac." 5 And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not wish to go after me to this land. Shall I return your son to the land from which you came?" 6 And Abraham said to him, "...


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Ibn Ezra explains that this was a standard form of displaying the servant's subservience to the master, and notes that it is still in practice in India: והקרוב אלי שהיה משפט בימים ההם לשום אדם ידו תחת ירך מי שהוא ברשותו והטעם אם אתה ברשותי שים נא ידך תחת ירכי והאדון יושב וירכו על היד הטעם הנה ידי תחת רשותך לעשות רצונך וזה המשפט עודנו היום בארץ הודו Many ...


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Chayei Sarah 23:3-4 3 And Abraham arose from before his dead, and he spoke to the sons of Heth, saying 4 "I am a stranger and an inhabitant with you. Give me burial property with you, so that I may bury my dead from before me." RASHI I am a stranger and an inhabitant with you: [I am] a stranger from another land, and I have settled among you. ...


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Actually, as the Malbim points out, Avraham does not ask Eliezer to go to his family. The original directive was: כִּי אֶל־אַרְצִי וְאֶל־מוֹלַדְתִּי תֵּלֵךְ וְלָקַחְתָּ אִשָּׁה לִבְנִי לְיִצְחָק But go to my land, to my birthplace and take a wife from there. IOW: Get away from the land of Canaan and go to my home town. Nice people there; nicer than ...


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Just listened to shiur by Rabbi Eytan Feiner, who when giving it says that Chayei Sora even though it has a name in it, it not the list of parshiyos that are just names. So I am going to summarise the shiur and hopefully it is understandable. He says that these 5 people all have in common a turning point in Klal, that excludes the spies and the egel since ...


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Malbim (footnote to 23:20) explains that Avraham wanted to demonstrate to the Bnei Ches the truths of the soul's continued existence and its eventual resurrection. (That requires, then, that the deceased be buried with their own family and with people of their caliber - אין קוברים רשע אצל צדיק. If that weren't the case, there'd be nothing wrong with a ...


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Avraham kept having children since it's important for a person to keep having children even after having fulfilled the Mitzvah of Peru Urvu. As the Gemmorah (Yevomos 62b) learns that a person must procreate through his whole life: דתניא רבי יהושע אומר נשא אדם אשה בילדותו ישא אשה בזקנותו היו לו בנים בילדותו יהיו לו בנים בזקנותו ... Rabbi Yehoshua says: ...


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The Gemara in Chullin 95b says that if one relied on actions like Eliezer did, then that would violate Nichush. However, Rashi says that is only if one relies solely on the action without any reasoning behind it. See Tosfos there as well who explains that once Eliezer asked about her lineage, there was no longer a prohibition of Nichush [in my understandning,...


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