Abravanel's World of Torah

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Blog on Parashat Lech Lecha (based on Abravanel’s World of Torah)

Below are two ideas on this week’s parasha. The first one comes to answer a famous question.
Given that Avraham was spared Nimrod/Ur Kasdim's wrath and death by fire, why doesn’t the Torah mention that miracle explicitly? Instead, only an innuendo suffices, as the major commentators have noted.

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Parashat Noach

Commentators question the sequence of Noach’s sons’ birth order. Who were the eldest, the middle, and youngest children? Several classics commentators have weighed in on this subject, bringing proofs from Scripture. Another particularly curious and quirky question is this one:

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An Excerpt from Abravanel’s World of Torah, Bereshit, Parashat Bereshit

There are, of course, many fundamental questions students must grapple with when they open a Chumash (Torah). One is: Are Tanach (Biblical) narratives literal, metaphorical, or figurative?
Great commentators have weighed in on this subject when it comes to Gan Eden (Garden of Eden), in general, and the snake episode in particular. Fairly they ask: Is it for real? Did the snake – even generously allowing for a crafty one – strike up a conversation with Chava (Eve)? Do the verses not read: ‘He said…She said…’?

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