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Parshat Lech Lecha: Stepping Forward With Focus

After the death of Noach, the world was left with no leader to support morals and justice. As a result, the people of Earth began to worship idols once again and do all sorts of bad things. No one believed that there was only one G-d. Everyone worshipped several of their “gods.” The only one who stood out of the bunch was Avraham Avinu.

Avraham Avinu began to share his beliefs to the people of his homeland, Charan. Hashem saw that he was trying to carry out the message, so He said to Avraham, “Go for yourself, from your land, from your birthplace, from your father’s home, to the land that I will show you.”

Hashem told Avraham to go out of his comfort zone. He did not even tell him where he was going. Doesn’t this seem uncomfortable and nerve-wracking? For Avraham, it wasn’t. This is because he had a purpose. He knew that if he was meant to go somewhere, even if he didn’t know where, he needed to be comfortable with that. This is because he knew that what he was doing was for a higher plan.

In today’s society, we do what we are familiar with, fearing the unknown. We should take what Avraham did as a lesson. In life, there will be many surprises. But when you know there is a greater cause, you will stay comfortable with that unfamiliarity, just like Avraham, and continue to follow the right path.

Shabbat Shalom!

By: Sarah Rosenthal (11th grade)

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