Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – October 30-31 2020 (13 Cheshvan 5781)

October 30-31, 2020
13 Cheshvan 5781

Parashat Lech Lecha

We remind each other daily that we are all in this together. These days we say it in regard to the pandemic, but the sentiment holds true more universally. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn that Avram (whose name is later changed to Abraham) does not get along with his nephew, Lot. Yet he calls Lot his brother and feels responsible for him. When Lot is taken hostage in a war, Avram rescues him and brings him home. Avram knew that his responsibility for Lot was more important than his personal feelings toward his nephew. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik wrote: “A Jew must feel a duty to save his brother, even if his brother has departed from the righteous path. Loyalty is the first mark of Abraham.”

Jews don’t have to agree all the time, get along all the time, or even like each other. But we are obligated to care about one another. We truly are all in this together.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Can you think of times when Jews have demonstrated loyalty by helping others?
  2. Have you ever cared for or about someone you didn’t particularly like?

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Rabbi Sherman