In this parsha Avram's nephew Lot is captured by enemies. Avram, when he finds out, sets out to free him. This idea of freeing hostages is known in Hebrew as pidyon shevuyim. You can read the story in Breisheet (Genesis) chapter 14 verses 12-16.
Recently there was a return of an Israeli hostage who had been held in Gaza for five years.
How was this return made possible?
Compare this to what Avram did in the verses you read.
Which method seems more appropriate in today's world?
Why do you think so?
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