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Parashat Lech L'cha (October 12, 2013)
by Rabbi Benjamin J. Zeidman

IN OUR SIDRAH this week we encounter what must have been a difficult separation between relatives. Abraham and his nephew Lot, tending their flocks in the Land where the Canaanites and the Perizzites also were dwelling, find that there is just not enough space for the two of them. Lovingly though they may treat one another on the surface, their herdsmen are quarreling and fighting. Abram, seeking peace, suggests each to go his separate way and selflessly allows Lot the right to choose where he wishes to go.

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