Lech Lecha – Gen. 12:1-17:27 (Nov. 8/9)

Lech Lecha – Gen. 12:1-17:27 (Nov. 1/2)

Our Torah portion this week is Lech Lecha – Gen. 12:1-17:27 – and opens with God speaking to Abraham saying, “Go (Lech) forth (for yourself – Lecha), from your land, from your relatives, and from the house of your father… to the land that I will show you.”   Rabbi Shalom Noah Berezovsky, the Slominer Rabbi (20th century) teaches: “Go for yourself, that is, go to your purpose, to your destiny.  In order to accomplish this incredible and unique purpose, one must leave one’s land, one’s relatives, and the house of their father…  To go forward, one must analyze, reflect, and refine to be able to achieve one’s purpose in the world.” (Nesivos Shalom) The word “Lech” is from the Hebrew word for go, or walk… The Slominer points out that God tells Abraham Lech Lecha three times, at three different ages in his life, teaching us that in all periods in our life we must be committed to making positive changes… constantly striving to achieve our purpose in this world.  Status quo is not an option.