Parshas Lech Lecha

2010 | 5771

This week we saw the rescue of 33 miners who were trapped in a mine in Chile for 69 days. These are men who spent 69 days in a tomb with 32 other men suppressing negative feelings they had for each other and overall it was a positive growing experience for all. How is this positive experience going to change the life of these men? It probably will not. However, if they would take this experience, take these 69 days of positive energy that they had built up and use it to propel them to growth or to work to advance a good cause it would make a tremendous difference in their lives and possibly the world.

“And Hashem said to Avram; go for yourself (lech lecha) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you” (Bereishit 12:1).

 

What was Hashem telling Avraham?

 With this commandment, Hashem instructed Avraham to distance himself from his native country, his hometown, and his childhood home, all inhabited by wicked, corrupt idolaters. In order for Avraham to perfect himself and complete his mission in this world, he had to detach himself from these overwhelmingly negative influences and settle in the Land of Canaan, which his descendents would inherit as Eretz Yisrael. Only in Hashem’s Own Holy Land could he accomplish his mission of coming close to Hashem and achieving ever higher levels of spirituality.

 

We, have accumulated 4,000 years of positive energy built up behind us, it is time we take advantage and use it to propel us to greater heights and perfection.

Gut Shabbos

(Adapted from Rav Yaakov Hillel and Rav Ron Yitzchok Eisenman)

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