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Why does the Torah omit the word "Es" (from the phrase "b'Himolo Besar Orlaso", but insert it by Yishmael in the following Pasuk?

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Rashi: Because whereas Avraham, whose foreskin, due to Tashmish, was softened, and needed only to be cut, that of Yishmael, also required Peri'ah (tearing and folding over).

2)

Why does the Torah omit the word "Es" (from the phrase "b'Himolo Besar Orlaso", but insert it by Yishmael in the following Pasuk?

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Rashi: Because whereas Avraham, whose foreskin, due to Tashmish, was softened, and needed only to be cut, that of Yishmael, also required Peri'ah (tearing and folding over).

3)

What do we learn from "b'Himolo"?

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Da'as Zekenim (verse 26), Yalkut Shimon (Nechemyah Sof Perek 9, 1071): It was with Hashem's help, as if He held the knife together with him, for Avraham feared to perform the Bris, due to his old age. This is why it says (Nechemyah 9:8) "v'Charos Imo ha'Bris." 1


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How does the verse support this? It says also "Hashem Elokeinu Charas Imanu Bris b'Chorev" (Devarim 5:2)! (PF)

4)

Avraham fulfilled the entire Torah without being commanded. Why did he delay Milah until he was commanded?

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Da'as Zekenim: R. Tam of Orlins answered that it is better to fulfill the Mitzvah when he is commanded. 1 However, Avraham knew that he would not be commanded about Peri'ah. Why did he delay this? R. Shimon of London said that he did not want to wound himself. Rather, he fulfilled the entire Torah only after circumcising. Or, we can say that he did not need to do Peri'ah, like Rashi explained (refer to 17:24:2:1).


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Also Moshav Zekenim says so. Why did he fulfill other Mitzvos? He knew that he would not be commanded about them. (Seemingly, there is no reason to refrain from other Mitzvos. He can do them now, and again after he is commanded! - PF)

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