Friday, October 26, 2012

Is Notoriety worth it?

Often times we are faced with a situation which sounds too good to be true. We all know you get what you pay for, but what about when someone offers you a deal that on the outside looks good?

Is it in your best interest or is there a different angle to view it in?

Abraham, before his name was amended so here is called Abram, recognizes that a bounty coming his way may not go down so well in history. He would rather not have his name besmirched with the King of Sodom, and knowing what happened to Sodom, can you be surprised? Sodom's reputation was well known and evidently what happened in Sodom did not stay in Sodom.

21. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the souls, and the possessions take for yourself."   כא. וַיֹּאמֶר מֶלֶךְסְדֹם אֶלאַבְרָם תֶּןלִי הַנֶּפֶשׁ וְהָרְכֻשׁ קַחלָךְ:
22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I raise my hand to the Lord, the Most High God, Who possesses heaven and earth.   כב. וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם אֶלמֶלֶךְ סְדֹם הֲרִמֹתִי יָדִי אֶליְהֹוָה אֵל עֶלְיוֹן קֹנֵה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ:
23. Neither from a thread to a shoe strap, nor will I take from whatever is yours, that you should not say, 'I have made Abram wealthy.'   כג. אִםמִחוּט וְעַד שְׂרוֹךְנַעַל וְאִםאֶקַּח מִכָּלאֲשֶׁרלָךְ וְלֹא תֹאמַר אֲנִי הֶעֱשַׁרְתִּי אֶתאַבְרָם:
24. Exclusive of what the lads ate, and the share of the men who went with me; Aner, Eshkol, and Mamre they shall take their share."   כד. בִּלְעָדַי רַק אֲשֶׁר אָכְלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וְחֵלֶק הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר הָלְכוּ אִתִּי עָנֵר אֶשְׁכֹּל וּמַמְרֵא הֵם יִקְחוּ חֶלְקָם:

Do not be in a hurry for any deal that comes to you without thinking it over pretty well. You may not have the stature of Abraham,but you certainly don't want to have the notoriety of Sodom associated with you and your teams.

Parsha Lech Lecha in the book of Bereishit, 12:1-17:27 It is said that the Torah or Bible
could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom

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