Family - Helping Family
Genesis 14.1 - 24
We offer this study in the memory of those we love. May they be elevated in the Heavens. May there memory be for good. May they rest in peace.
Lot makes a poor choice when he separates from Avram. He moves to Sedom. The Torah says, This was in the Days of Amraphel, i.e. Nimrod who threw Avram in to the furnace in Chaldee, (Gen 15.7). Four kings waged ware on five kings, (Genesis 14.9). When the four kings defeated the five they took Lot, Avram's nephew, his wife, children and all his wealth. Avram was informed and responded. This battle between the four kings and Avram happened on Erev Pesach / Passover. During the battle with the four kings Nimrod was killed. Avram took Lot, his wife, their family and possessions and returned them to there homes in Sedom. Lot was returned but not Spiritually restored. Avram kept nothing from the spoils of war for himself. After his victory, Avram traveled to the city that would later become known as Jerusalem. There Shem, the son of Noach also known as Malki (king) Zedek (of righteousness) came out to met Avram. Malki Zedek blessed Avram and offered him bread and wine. He paid 10% of all that he had to Malki Zedek then returned to his home.
If one is in a position where they can help family they should. If one cannot help they should pray and offer words of encouragement.
Our Rabbi place a limit on the amount of assistance one can offer in a year as 20% of one's wealth.
The Rabbis Say one needs a base to be able to assist in following years. If you gives all they have away then they will need assistance themselves.
Some countries like America tax citizens. Some of this money pays welfare, food stamps and for other programs. That counts as part of the good one does even though it is a tax.
We pray that our Creator will Bless you...
Blessings, Love and Peace,
Dr, Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi