The Avos-The parents of all Israel


“Only three of our ancestors are called the Avos, and these are Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov.” The Shevatim are not considered our Avos even if one comes from a direct lineage from the Shevet. The reason for this is because every Jew has a spiritual inheritance received from our forefathers. This applies at all times, in each Jew and in every generation, each person on their level. The tribal leaders however do not impart a spiritual inheritance in every Jew and rather do so only to select individuals.[1]

[1] Torah Or Vaeira 55a

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