In Genesis 11:31, Terach takes Avraham (then Avram), Sarah (then Sarai), and Lot to the Land of Canaan, i.e. Israel. However, they stopped in Charan, and Terach spent the rest of his life there. Why didn't they continue?


Alshich - last piece on Parshas Noach says that Terach never made it to Eretz Yisrael since he did not leave Ur Kasdim for the love of Eretz Yisrael, he left it as he was on the run. However Avraham who left Ur Kasdim as he had a love for Eretz Yisrael was rewarded that he arrived there.

  • implying Abraham knew about Israel before Lech Lecha? – Baby Seal Oct 26 '14 at 15:47
  • How does he understand the words ללכת ארצה כנען - to go to the Land of Canaan? – Ypnypn Oct 26 '14 at 16:17
  • @Ypnypn, that is where he was intending to go when he left Ur Kasdim, but he never made it there. – Yishai Oct 27 '14 at 15:36
  • @Yishai But why not? – Ypnypn Oct 27 '14 at 16:54
  • @Ypnypn, It doesn't say black and white, but my understanding is that he was running away, the danger passed, so he stopped. But the Alshich's point is that the way you get to Eretz Yisroel is by wanting it for its own sake, not by wanting to get away from something else (the Alshich is all about the Drash). – Yishai Oct 27 '14 at 16:57

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