Sedra Lech Lecha120 Words, If You Had a Winning Ticket

If someone offered to buy your tatts ticket a day before the draw, how much would you want for it? That depends on how badly the purchaser wants it and how many others want it. Supply and Demand.

If the draw has already begun and your ticket has scored the first number, the value of your ticket obviously goes up. And its value increases exponentially as more numbers match. When only the last number remains to be drawn, how much would you be prepared to sell it for? 80% of its total winnings if it does match the final number? 50%?

Avraham has a winning ticket. He knows, because Gd promised. He is not being asked to sell that ticket. He is being offered money to reward and if not to reward, at least compensate him for his expenses.

He refuses. (15:21-24 and Rashi)

He refuses because he is proud of Gd’s promise and is determined that Gd’s promise not be obscured, camouflaged or diluted in any way. Avraham is a noble and loyal servant of Gd.

However, he does not insist that his own enthusiasm and confidence be inflicted upon those who assisted him. (15:24)

This important lesson needs to be learned and applied in many arenas of Jewish communal life. Inflicting ultra-religious standards is not Gd’s way. It is repulsive and self defeating in the long term. We have too often heard it said, for example, that the “higher standards” of Kashrus be applied because that way everyone can eat. This is wrong on so many levels and in so many perspectives that it requires its own essay.

Suffice it to say, this is not the way of Abraham Avinu.