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As @Dov and @N.T. wrote in the comments, a couple of centuries isn't a long enough time to be considered having a lasting name, and there is indeed evidence that the name didn't last: In Divrei Hayamim 1:2:23 it says: "But Geshur and Aram took from them Havvoth-jair, Kenath and its dependencies, sixty towns. All these were the sons of Machir, the ...


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As far the latter part of your question, as to Avraham could remarry her.... It says in Bereishis 25:1 וַיֹּ֧סֶף אַבְרָהָ֛ם וַיִּקַּ֥ח אִשָּׁ֖ה וּשְׁמָ֥הּ קְטוּרָֽה׃ Avraham took another wife, and her name was Keturah. The Zohar 1:133b writes that Keturah was Hagar and that Avraham divorced her because of Yishmael, at which time she worshipped the idols of ...


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The Ibn Ezra on the passuk writes two noteworthy points: Bread and a skin of water. Since Hashem told him to listen to all that Sarah said he could not give Hagar anything without Sarah’s permission. Nevertheless, after Sarah’s death he gave the sons of his concubines gifts (25:6). and also... It is also possible that he gave Hagar gifts that Scripture ...


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The Ibn Ezra on the passuk writes two noteworthy points: Bread and a skin of water. Since Hashem told him to listen to all that Sarah said he could not give Hagar anything without Sarah’s permission. Nevertheless, after Sarah’s death he gave the sons of his concubines gifts (25:6). and also... It is also possible that he gave Hagar gifts that Scripture ...


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Like all good stories, the Bible, which is not a history book, begins by setting up the time and place before setting up the characters. Just as fairy tales begin with "Once upon a time..." It is so with the Bible.


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This is actually discussed in two sources. One is Zohar to Bereshit 15b and afterward. The second is Me’or Einayim to Parshat Terumah 3. The essence of this is that Moshe is present in all generations. (אתפשטותא דמשה בכל דרא ודרא) Sometimes that is in a revealed state and sometimes it is in a concealed state. In the case of the beginning of creation, and ...


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In a fascinating halachic perspective proposed by the Yaaros Devash (1:17) explained here, it seems Esther would have remained quiet: In business transactions there is a halachah of “ona’ah” — “deceit” — i.e. a sale in which the profit exceeds more than one-sixth of the cost and expenses is invalid. It does not, however, apply to the sale of land, and ...


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Rashi asked this question, too. The famed Bible commentator Rashi wrote: “In the beginning…,” the Torah should have only had to begin with “This month shall be to you…” (Exodus 12:2) which is the first of the commandments that Israel was instructed. And why did it begin with Genesis?" Rashi answers: "Because of “He has told of the strength of ...


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A horse travels much faster than a donkey. The only benefit of a donkey is it's Stamina, the Travel from Midyan to Egypt was only a three day travel. (As it was in between Sinia and Egypt) Commentaries are bothered with his mode of Travel.(Ibn Ezra) בעבור שהוא דרך גרעון שתרכב אשת הנביא על חמור אחד, היא ושני בניה Gemara Migilah 9a: They even switched the word ...


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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 from Shem, so that his children would be priests, as it is stated: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most ...


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Rabbi Ahron Marcus in his book Kadmoniyot, pg. 131-142, discusses this subject at length. I'll translate some of the more relevant portions: First of all, he strengthens the question by mentioning inscriptions discovered in Esarchaddon's palace. Esarchaddon took tablets from Tiglat-Pilesser III's palace to use for his own palace. Some of these tablets ...


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The Gemara in Sanhedrin 37b mentions this exact point: אמר רב יהודה בריה דר' חייא מלמד שעשה קין בהבל אחיו חבורות חבורות פציעות פציעות שלא היה יודע מהיכן נשמה יוצאה עד שהגיע לצוארו Rav Yehuda the son of Rav Chiya said that that this teaches that Kayin caused multiple wounds and multiple injuries to his brother Hevel, since he (kayin) didn't know from where ...


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Esther 7;6 וַתֹּ֣אמֶר אֶסְתֵּ֔ר אִ֚ישׁ צַ֣ר וְאוֹיֵ֔ב הָמָ֥ן הָרָ֖ע הַזֶּ֑ה וְהָמָ֣ן נִבְעַ֔ת מִלִּפְנֵ֥י הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ וְהַמַּלְכָּֽה׃ I will translate the beginning pertaining to your question. Targum Rishon: וַאֲמָרַת גַבְרָא מְעִיקָא וּבְעֵל דְבָבָא דִבְעָא לְמִקְטְלָךְ בְּרַמְשָׁא בְּבֵית דִמְכָךְ וְיוֹמָא דֵין בָּעֵא לְמִלְבֵּשׁ אִסְטְלָא דְמַלְכוּתָא ...


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