We are told in Bereshit 13:5-6 (Sefaria translation) :

"Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents..."

"..so that the land could not support them staying together; for their possessions were so great that they could not remain together."

How did Lot get so wealthy? Do we know what happened to him in Egypt, assuming he went down there with Abram and Sarai?

  • Perhaps elaborate a little more on your question; I quibble with that last part "assuming he went down there with Abram and Sarai?" - do you have sources that indicate otherwise? Rashi quotes Medrash Rabbah that attributes Lot's good fortune to his proximity to Abraham. – Shmuel Brown Oct 26 '18 at 14:44
  • We are not explicitly told by the text that Lot went DOWN with them to Egypt, however the Torah says quite explicitly he went back UP to Eretz Canaan with Abram and Sarai. Consequently, if he went back up with them you would think he was with them in Egypt but the Torah is silent about it. Why? Did he get rich in the meanwhile? – Eli83 Oct 26 '18 at 18:05
  • I always assumed from the juxtaposition of the verses, that Lot was also enriched by the Egyptians since he was with Avram. – LN6595 Oct 31 '18 at 0:57
  • How about the idea that Lot became rich because through inheritance? His two sisters did not inherit when Haran died. So everything because Lot's, right? – Eli83 Nov 4 '18 at 0:36

The classic Meforshim do not explain where the wealth came from - and none of them claim it came from the Egyptians.

The all say that Lot became wealthy in Avraham's merit. E.g. Rashi:

ההלך את אברם. מִי גָרַם שֶׁהָיָה לוֹ זֹאת? הֲלִיכָתוֹ עִם אַבְרָם:‏

WHO WENT WITH ABRAM — What brought it about that he possessed all this? The fact that he was accompanying Abram (Genesis Rabbah 41:3; Pesikta Rabbati, שמיני).

This [and other sources] make it sound like it was a Gcd -given reward for hanging around a Tzadik.

Their source is probably Bava Kama 93a that says:

א"ל רבא לרבה בר מרי מנא הא מילתא דאמרי אינשי בתר מרי ניכסי ציבי משך א"ל דכתיב (בראשית יג, ה) וגם ללוט ההולך את אברם היה צאן ובקר ואהלים‏

Rava said to Rabba bar Mari: From where is this matter derived whereby people say: Drag wood after a property owner. In other words, help out a wealthy man even in a small way, as this may lead to your benefiting from him. Rabba bar Mari said to him that the source is as it is written: “And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents” (Genesis 13:5).

This makes it sounds like it's a natural cause; hand around the rich and you'll probably get rich.

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