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Parasha Lekh L’kha לך לך: Find yourself!

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27.10.2020

My Weekly D’var Torah 31 October 2020 : Parasha Lekh L’kha לך לך …. Find yourself!

This is a transitional chapter moving our story from a kind of fantasy, Noah, to reality, Abraham. In some ways, this is the start of our human story. Adam, Eve, the serpent, Cain, Abel, the two trees, Noah, his sons, the ark, the animals…are all slightly (or more than slightly) dream-like, figures from fairy tales (as we used to call them). It is also a transitional chapter literally because as it progresses Abraham takes the first steps toward a promised land.

The title of the chapter in this regard is important. לך לך!
1. When the Torah repeats a word or a phrase, it intends to emphasize its importance. It’s the biblical equivalent of writing in UPPER CASE in a text message.
2. The phrase in Hebrew literally means “go, go”. It’s a strong imperative from Gd to Abraham: move!
3. The phrase can be interpreted (and has been) in many ways. Here are two of them:
A) “take yourself and go forth”
B) “go now and find your authentic self to learn who you are meant to be”** This is, to me, the inner meaning of the chapter title. Finding his true self is the command to Abraham and, as we read it, a command to us too to find ours.

In Israel, there have been many protests against the sitting government and the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The symbol of the demonstrators is לך : Go, Leave! The Torah is always relevant!

Let’s read further:
1. There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. (GEN 12:10)

As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. If the Egyptians see you, and think, ‘She is his wife,’ they will kill me and let you live. Please say that you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may remain alive thanks to you.” (GEN 12:11-13)

But the LORD afflicted Pharaoh and his household with mighty plagues on account of Sarai, the wife of Abram. (GEN 12:17)

As the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great dark dread descended upon him. And He said to Abram, “Know well that your offspring shall be strangers in a land not theirs, and........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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