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Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Dvar Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

Although¬†greatly outnumbered, Avram (before he was renamed Avraham) rescued his captive nephew Lot and all the other people who had been captured with him. When Avraham returned victorious, the Torah states: “Malkitzedek King of Sholaim brought out bread and wine, and he was a priest of God, the most high. And he (Malkitzedek) blessed him (Avram) and said, ‘Blessed be Avram to G-d the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth. And blessed be G-d the Most High Who has delivered your enemies into your hand’ ” (Genesis 14:18-20).

The Talmud (Nedorim 32b) states that Malkitzedek erred by expressing gratitude first to Avraham and then to G-d. We must be grateful to anyone who does us a favour, but at the same time, we must realize that G-d is the ultimate source of all favours.

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