Lech Lecha

Parshat Lech Lecha: This Is for You

October 31, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The Divine choosing of Avraham marks the beginning of Jewish peoplehood. Tellingly, this relationship begins with G-d's command (obeying G-d's commands is the primary function we have) lech lecha,"go for you from your land, your birthplace, and from your father's home" (12:1). We are told little of Avraham's journey to Israel, though one can only imagine how difficult it must have been, physically,...
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Lech Lecha : The Man of Faith

November 04, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And G-d said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your land, your birthplace and the land of your fathers’” (Breisheet 12:1). With nary a word, Abram picks himself up and, along with his wife and nephew, departs for an unknown land. Yet his stay there is short, as soon afterwards famine ensues and Abram descends to the land of Egypt.   Was this a prudent move to feed his family, realizing—as he did—that one may not...
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Lech Lecha: A Loving Son

October 31, 2009 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“And Terach’s years were 205 years, and Terach died in Charan. G-d said to Abram, Go away from your land, your birthplace and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you” (11:30-12:1).  These two verses are separated from each other by nothing more than the weekly parsha cycle, with the death of Terach ending parshat Noach and the command to Avraham the opening verse in parshat Lech Lecha....
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Lech Lecha: Informed Consent

October 01, 2008 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Judaism and modern western thought both teach the supremacy of man's freedom of choice. For modern man, freedom is rooted in the notion of individual rights, guaranteed by the United States Constitution or the Charter of Rights. Man has the right to pursue happiness, provided he causes no harm to others. For Jews, the importance of freedom is rooted in morality, not liberty. Only with the ability to choose evil does the choice of good merit...
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Lech Lecha: Finding G-d

October 01, 2006 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"G-d said to Abraham, ‘Go away from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father's house to the land that I will show you' (12:1)". Abraham is seventy-five years old when he begins his trek to the anonymous land that G-d has singled out for the Jewish people. Who is this Abram, and what has he done to merit G-d's promise that "I will bless you and make you great. I will bless those who bless...
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