Ramban on Chayei Sara: the details about the purchase of the machpela, & were Avraham's camels muzzeled?

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Nov 14, 2011
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Venue: YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov

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Why did the Torah detail the purchase of the cave at Chevron? Was the Torah teaching the great kindness of HaShem toward Avraham or the test that Avraham's faith was put to? Or, perhaps, both! This shiur is designed to address a variety of issues that come up in the Ramban's commentary on Chayei Sara. Were the camels of Avraham muzzled? Why the emphasis on Sara's beauty? What kind of death do Tzaddikim die, a quick painless one, or a slow painful death? Was Eliezer's prayer to find a "Tovat sechel" answered? Did Rivka draw the water for the camels, or actually give them to drink?

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