Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Lech L’cha 5778 – Weekend of October 28, 2017

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Lech L’cha 5778 – Weekend of October 28, 2017

This Shabbat we read from Parshat Lech L’cha in which Abram receives his instruction to leave his father’s home and move on to the land that God will show him. Accompanying Abram on this
journey are his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, son of Abram’s brother Haran. Eventually, after both Abram and Lot have acquired a certain amount of wealth, a disagreement of sorts arises between the herdsmen of Abram and those of Lot which leads Abram to decide that it is time for uncle and nephew to part. It is curious, however, that Abram chooses to suggest separation as opposed to reconciliation given that the tension has arisen between the workers and seemingly not between the family members. Abram and Lot seem to be doing fine and it would be logical to think that had Abram and Lot simply told their herdsmen not to argue, the herdsmen would have listened for fear of losing their job. But Abram recognized that from time to time it is better to part as friends, or in this case close family, as opposed to remaining together for too long and destroying the relationship. Sometimes, distance makes the heart grow fonder…

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Hillel Skolnik