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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Lech Licha: Rav Yechiel Michel Feinstein - Why A Major War Over Lot?

Kidorlaomer and his allies invaded Eretz Yisroel and quickly defeated the local kingdoms.  Avrohom then took a few men and decided to fight the mighty forces.  Rav Yechiel Michel Feinstein points out that Avrohom should have been happy that the locals were defeated.  Rashi in the beginning of the Parsha (12:6) says that Eretz Yisroel was given to Shem but the Kenani chased them out.  Kidorlaomer a descendant of Shem, was rightful heir to Eretz Yisroel and his conquest should have been welcome.

He answers that the Avrohom initially didn't have a problem with the war.  He only became involved when Lot was captured.  Chazal tell us that the entire campaign planned and executed by the four kings was for one reason only, to capture Lot.  

Why was this so important to them?  A that time the world's ideology was one of kefira. The only one to challenge this was Avrohom who started a movement to rally the people towards a single Hashem.  These four Milachim, one of which was Avrohom's old nemesis Nimrod wanted to stem the success of Avrohom.  Lot was a perfect vehicle for this.  Lot had drifted away from Avrohom's ideology and moved to the sin city of Sedom.  We also know (Rashi 13:8) that Lot looked like Avrohom.  The four kings wanted to kidnap Lot and have him admit that Avrohom's ideology is flawed, and claim the kings were right.  They would claim that Lot was Avrohom and put an end to his ideology.  

Although Avrohom didn't get involved over the possibility of the four kings ruling over Eretz Yisroel, the Chilul Hashem that their stunt would have caused was worth him going to war over.

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AA, 2010-10-24 07:38:58
The Medrish says that they captured Lot in order to coax Avrohom to come and save him - then killing Avrohom too and putting an end to his teaching of Monotheism which they abhorred.

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