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Section:  Avodah   Category: Bnei Bayscha
Parshas Lech Licha: Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky - What We Would & Wouldn't Do For Family

Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky points out a very fascinating dichotomy in Avrohom's relationship with his nephew Lot in Parshas Lech Licha.  On one hand Avrohom showed Lot incredible love, to the point where he was willing to wage a suicidal war in attempt to rescue Lot who was kidnapped by the mighty armies of the four kings.  

Not only did Avrohom risk his life but he was even willing to risk his eternal reward for his life's achievement, as Rashi says (15:1) that Avrohom feared that he used up all his zechusim with the Nissim that happened to him in the war.

On the other hand earlier in the Parsha when Avrohom sensed the slightest beginning of Machlokes, he put aside all familial feelings and obligations and immediately commanded his orphan nephew who he cared for all these years, to go away from him immediately without any second thoughts.

From here we see, says Rav Yaakov, that for family one must give up his life and his afterlife, but to become embroiled in Machlokes and sacrifice ones Ruchniyos one must not do.  In that case all family obligations can be quickly ignored and forgotten.

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