Sunday, December 7, 2008

Abraham אברהם

ויבא הפליט ויגד לאברהם

וישמע אברהם

וירק את חניכיו

וישא את עינו וירא והנה שלשה אנשים


וירץ לקראתם

ויפנו משם האנשים וילכו סדומה

ויגש אברהם

ויאמר האף תספה צדיק אם רשע

ותאמר לאברהם גרש את האמה  הזאת אם בנה

וירע הדבר בעיני אברהם

על אודות בנו

ויאמר קח נא את בנך את יחידך

וישכם אברהם בבוקר

ויחבוש את חמורו


A fugitive brought the news to Abraham

Abraham heard

and he mustered his retainers

Looking up he saw three men

he saw

and he ran to meet them

The men went on from there to Sodom

Abraham came forward 

and said 'will you sweep away innocent with the guilty

She said to Abraham 'cast out this slave women and her son

the matter distressed Abraham

concerning his son

He said take your son your favored one

Abraham woke up in the morning

and saddled his horse 


  1. Okay.

    He seems to be reacting, Hardly a leader.

    (the fonts are too small for many people to read)

  2. Thanks for the input.

    I think he is a leader in the first three cases (although, he failed at the Sodom one). But it depends how define 'leader' . A leader for me is someone who takes an active role in his or her surroundings, beyond just going along with the situation. I think we see that in the first three incidents, partly in the fourth, but lacking in the fifth.

    My main point for comparison was to show that he was an active person amongst people, but passive around God.

    The other incidents reveal a person who was able to fight (first story), take action (second story), challenge (third) and think for himself (fourth). The fifth story however, shows a person passively accepting dictations.

    It's a contradiction I find interesting. It's a contradiction I think exists way beyond the book.

  3. Action, action

    Action, action

    Action, command

    Action, command

  4. Nice skeletal sketch, but I think it misses the point.

    True, they are all actions, but the first three are him choosing to counter, go beyond and challenge what's going on around him. The last "action" is one of simple obediance.