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Inspirational words of Torah from Gedolei Yisroel.

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The Beauty and Wisdom of Peace

After settling in the Land of Israel, Avraham was blessed with abundant flocks and herds. Avrahamís nephew Lot, who accompanied Avraham on his journey to Israel, also had a great number of livestock.

In time, a dispute over grazing rights, broke out between the shepherds of Lot and the shepherds of Avraham. Lot felt that since HaShem had promised the Land of Israel to Avraham, it was Avrahamís rightful land - even before the promise was fulfilled. Accordingly, Lot instructed his shepherds to allow his flocks to graze on privately owned fields.

Although there was an element of truth to Lotís line of reasoning, Avraham wisely disagreed. At the present, Avraham was enjoying peace with his neighbors, who were powerful nations, far greater in number than him. However, if he allowed the flocks to graze on his neighborís fields, they would feel threatened by his "imperialistic yearnings," and rise up against him.

Therefore, for the sake of peace, Avraham asked Lot to part from him. Lot chose to live with the immoral people of Sodom, who would not be concerned with his grazing policy.

Avraham valued peace above everything, as our Sages said, "If there is no peace, there is nothing." It was Avrahamís love of peace that made him beloved in the eyes of man and G-d. Just as he pursued peace, his life was blessed with every manner of peace and tranquility.

May we follow in Avrahamís footsteps of loving and pursuing peace in all of our relationships. In turn, HaShem will bless us with peace, happiness, and a pleasant life.

[Based on the commentary of Rashi and the Kali Yakar]

TODAY: Maintain peace by not making "waves" in your personal relationships. Foster peace by avoiding all behavior which could be interpreted as antagonistic. 

Posted 10/27/2009 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Thoughts for the Week | Comments (0)

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