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Parshat Lech Lecha

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

By: Sherri Shahar (12th Grade)

In Parshat Lech Lecha, G-d appeared before Avraham, known then as Avram, and said, “Go for yourself, from your land, to the land that I will show you.” Avraham went as G-d had commanded him.

Leaving your life behind can seem very difficult. Human beings prefer to stay with what they know, rather than to try new things. However, with the motivation of a greater good, one’s fears can fade away.

When G-d told Avraham to move, He didn’t mention where Avraham would be going. However, Avraham didn’t question G-d and left immediately. This was because Avraham knew that the reason he would be leaving home was to spread the idea of G-d.

In order to understand this idea, imagine a doctor chose to resign from his practice. He packed his belongings and fled to a foreign country in order to help people in need of his skills. The doctor’s stress of fleeing to a foreign country is now replaced with excitement and an idea purpose. If the doctor had moved to a different city with no real purpose, he would have only thought of the drawbacks and concerns.

To get anywhere in life, whether motivated by personal or professional goals, one needs to embark on the journey without complete knowledge of the final destination. One can learn from Avraham to not be afraid to take chances for our passions. As a society, we should all try to emulate Avraham’s ways because he did not hesitate when G-d told him to leave his familiar surroundings for a higher purpose.

Shabbat Shalom!

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