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The baal (author of) Haflaa, in his book Panim Yafos, asked your question, and answered as follows: 12:4 says "וַיֵּלֶךְ אַבְרָם כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אֵלָיו ה׳ / Avram went as God had told him", meaning that he went not for the benefit promised him but merely in order to fulfill God's command. This, the baal Haflaa says, was his test: whether, once he knew ...


The test was in terms of commitment - though he was aware of the reward that would await him, he was not planning on leaving his father behind (who was presumably sick, and therefore stopped his own journey in Charan) [see Rashi at the end of Noach that Terach was still alive when Avram was told to go]. Also, it is clear that he would have to live forever in ...

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