Thursday, November 09, 2006
was avraham a yisrael or a ben noach?
Was Avraham a Yisrael or a ben Noach? Before you get to essays in the Parashas Derachim (who made the question famous) and fancy questions of whether Avraham kept Shabbos (mitzvah on a yisrael, but assur for a ben Noach), take a look at this Rashi in Avodah Zarah daf 3a d”h Nimrod, my rough translation: “Nimrod threw Avraham Avinu in Ur Kasdim because Avraham refused to accept the worship of idolotry which is prohibited to a ben Noach. Avraham was a ben Noach, for he was not present at mattan Torah…”