Avraham and the idols

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What did Avraham say when Nimrod suggested worshipping water?

Avraham responded that the clouds carry the water.

What did Avraham say when Nimrod suggested worshipping the clouds?

Avraham pointed out that the wind disperses the clouds.

When Nimrod suggested worshipping the wind, what was Avraham's rebuttal?

Avraham mentioned that humans can stand up to the wind.

How did Nimrod react to Avraham's argument about humans standing up to the wind?

Nimrod dismissed Avraham's words and insisted on worshipping fire.

Why was Avraham called Ha’Ivri (The Hebrew) according to Rabbi Yehudah?

Rabbi Yehudah explained that while the world stood on one side, Avraham stood on the other side.

How did Avraham discover God according to Rabbi Yitzchak's analogy?

Avraham discovered God like a person traveling in the open who saw a palace with the lights on.

What did Avraham say when a man wished to buy an idol from him?

Avraham asked the man, 'How can a man, who is fifty years old, worship a day-old object?'

How did Avraham respond when a woman asked him to offer flour to the idols?

Avraham took a stick, broke the idols, and put the stick in the hand of the largest one.

What did Avraham tell Terach when asked about the broken idols?

Avraham told Terach that the idols claimed they must eat first and then the largest one broke them.

How did Avraham challenge King Nimrod's suggestion to worship fire?

Avraham pointed out that water puts out fire.

What was Terach's reaction when Avraham questioned the logic of idol worship?

Terach asked if Avraham was mocking him and questioned the idols' ability to move, speak, or think.

Study Notes

Avraham's Discovery of God

  • Avraham's discovery of God was like a person traveling who saw a palace with lights on and wondered who was looking after it, and God replied, "I am the Master of the Universe."
  • Avraham's father, Terach, created idols and left Avraham to sell them.

Avraham's Confrontation with Idols

  • A man came to buy an idol and Avraham asked his age, pointing out the irony of a 50-year-old worshipping a day-old object.
  • A woman came to offer flour to the idols, and Avraham broke them, placing the stick in the hand of the largest one, and then blamed the idol for breaking them.

Avraham's Confrontation with King Nimrod

  • King Nimrod challenged Avraham to worship fire, but Avraham pointed out that water puts out fire.
  • When Nimrod suggested worshipping water, Avraham said the clouds carry the water.
  • When Nimrod suggested worshipping the clouds, Avraham said the wind disperses them.
  • When Nimrod suggested worshipping the wind, Avraham said humans can stand up to it.
  • Nimrod was enraged and threw Avraham into a fiery furnace, but Avraham was saved.

The Meaning of Ha'Ivri (The Hebrew)

  • Rabbi Yehudah said Avraham was called Ha'Ivri because he stood on the opposite side of the world (עבר - Ever in Hebrew) from everyone else.
  • The sages said Avraham was called Ha'Ivri because he traveled across the river Prat and spoke the Hebrew language (Ivrit).

Learn about how Avraham discovered God according to Rabbi Yitzchak's analogy of a person discovering a palace with lights on. Understand the significance of Avraham's realization about the universe and God's response to him. Explore the narrative surrounding Avraham's profound encounter.

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