va-yi-SA mi-SHAM av-ra-HAM AR-tzah ha-NE-gev va-YAY-shev bayn ka-DAYSH u-VAYN SHUR va-YA-gor big-RAR
20:1 Avraham journeyed from there
Scripture does not provide any reason for Avraham’s travels. Consequently, Rabbi David Kimchi, a medieval commentator and grammarian known as the Radak, posits that Avraham travels in order to dwell in the different parts of the land that Hashem gave to him. By residing in various places, even for short periods of time, Avraham thereby adds his own effort to acquire the breadth and width of the land promised to him. In this way, Avraham is fulfilling God’s command “walk about the land” (Genesis 13:17). Saddened by the loss of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Avraham wonders if the destruction could have been prevented by his presence there. He resolves to reach further areas in Eretz Yisrael.