Dvar Torah Toldos: Keeping the Faith

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Rashi brings down the Talmud (Yoma 28b) asserting that Abraham observed the entire Torah and more, and ostensibly, this can be extended to include the other patriarchs as well; this is pretty much what we all learn in 3rd grade, and it has its source in this week’s parsha:

“Abraham listened to My voice and observed My mandate, My commandments, My decrees and My teachings.” (Genesis 26:5)

This is the opinion of Rav– and it is not surprising, as he is a figure who’s inclination towards the mystical was on par with the likes of R’ Akiva.  R’ Simi bar Chiya disagrees, maintaining that Abraham kept only what was given to him: the seven Noachide laws and circumcision.

Now how far is Abraham said to have gone in keeping the faith?  The Talmud (ibid.) claims that he kept even eruv tavshilin — a ritual device necessary to permit one to perform permitted Yom Tov activities for a subsequent day of Shabbos.

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