Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Avraham and realpolitik
I was recently reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Henry Kissinger, and Kissinger’s realpolitik came to mind when reviewing Lech Lecha. Avraham lived in the middle of a multi-kingdom war, yet if not for Lot capture it seems he would not have intervened, even though his military might had the power to turn the battle. Was Avraham motivated only by the practical expediency of saving Lot? Was there no moral reason to come to the aid of the kingdom of Sdom and the others who were vanquished? True, they were evil kingdoms, but G-d had not yet revealed that they would be destroyed - perhaps there were yet moral people worth saving. Or was there perhaps no clear moral reason to help one side of this fight over the other, if not for Lot’s capture?