Lech L’cha – Torah In Haiku

Lech L'cha
Uncle and nephew …
Avram, his brother’s son Lot …
Go their separate ways —
Lot chooses poorly …
Leaves Canaan to his uncle …
Settles in Sodom —


There is some Divine foreshadowing in this week’s parsha.

To avoid conflict over limited resources, Avram suggests to Lot they continue their travels separately. “Let there be no strife, I beg you, between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen … Separate yourself, I beg you, from me” (Gen 13:8-9).

Avram lets Lot choose – east or west – and “Lot … saw the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere” (Gen 13:10). So he ends up “pitching his tent toward Sodom” while “Avram lived in the land of Canaan” (13:12)

Unless this is our first time hearing the story, we know Lot has chosen a bad place to settle and will soon enough need to be rescued. But even first time readers of this story are given a couple of clues about trouble ahead. First, we are told that although Lot saw a “well watered” valley, this was “before G-d destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah” (Gen 13:10). Then, after uncle and nephew split, we are told “The men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinners before G-d” (Gen 13:13)

Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku

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