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"Man Of The World" - Comments

1 Eliezer Meshulam Roeh Ohr on 2014 11 07


Thank you, again, Rabbi Haber for your insightful perspective on Avraham Avinu’s life.

I attended a shiur yesterday by Rabbi Lubling. He too, was touching on the path of Avraham. He said something that struck me as being somewhat inconsistent with the midah of Truth and avodat Hashem that we normally think of when we think of Avraham Avinu. He said that when Avram came to Eretz Canaan from Charon, he came to a land that was in the midst of a drought and a famine. He compared this to each of our own experiences when making aliyah (having parnassa issues, etc.). Then he said that rather than praying to Hashem for assistance, Avram, on his own volition, and without permission from Hashem who had been guiding him his whole life, descended to Egypt. At that point, as you recall, is when he came down to the reality of the world and noticed the beauty of his wife Sarai.

Rabbi Lubling was comparing Avram’s taking action rather than davening to Hashem to the situation of Am Yisrael and Moshe Rabeinu on the shores of the Yam Suf when they were being pursued by the Egyptians. Hashem told Moshe (who was davening and who had just adjured Am Yisrael NOT to daven) to be quiet. There is a tension between praying for assistance and taking action, which is what Nachshon ben Aminadov did and Avram did. What is the right thing to do at any particular time?

So the question occurred to me: was Avram wrong in not seeking assistance and advice from Hashem about what to do in the face of the drought and famine? When should we act and when should we daven?

Had Avram davened, and had Hashem answered and relieved the drought in Eretz Canaan, our whole history would have been different. There would be no Haggai; there would be no Yishmael.

But, of course, we can say that it’s ALL Hashem’s Hashkafa Pratis. So here we are…

It seemed to me that the difference in both of these scenarios (Avram and Moshe) was the exigency of their respective situations.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Shabbat Shalom.

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