Lech Lechah-2016

Lech Lecha | לך לך | “Go forth “” – On hearing the still voice of our Most High

The reading from the book of Genesis is named Lech Lecha (לך לך). It means “Go Forth.”

The verse says, “Now the Most High said to Abram, ‘Go forth (lech lecha לך לך) from your country.’” Section Lech Lecha introduces Abraham and tells the story of his pilgrimage in pursuit of G-d.

Jewish people represented by their forefather Abraham on the one hand and Most High on the other hand – unites them forever into an indivisible oneness, As the Zohar says, “Israel, Torah and Most High are all one.”

“Go Forth” to Make Torah Disciples….

“Go Forth” to Teach(Torah of Mashiach) all Nations.

– Matthew 28:19–20

Moses received the Torah from Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua (his disciple) Joshua to the elders; the elders to the prophets, the prophets to the men of the Great Assembly. The Men of the Great Assembly said three things, ‘Be deliberate in judgment, raise up many disciples, and make a fence for the Torah.” (Avot 1:1, 2)

It was expressed as a Son to Father relationship. In Rabbinic literature, the Torah sage is the Father and his disciples are called his family, hence terms like Beit Hillel “The House of Hillel.” The collected words of the Torah Masters are called “Sayings of the Fathers.” The sages say that your Teacher is to be accorded higher honor than your birth father, because your birth father brought you into this world, but your teacher brings you into the next world. (Bava Metsi’a 2:11)

“Every disciple fully trained will be like his teacher.” -Luke 6:40

For in the Messiah I became your father through the Good News… – I Corinthians 4 : 15

Torah

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Genesis 12:1–17:27

Gen. 24:40

Genesis 17:7–8

Genesis 26:3

Genesis 28 : 13 – 14

Haftarah Portion

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Isaiah 40:27–41:16

Amos 9:14–15

Ezekiel 36:8–10

Jeremiah 29:13

Psalms 45:11

Ha-Berit ha-Hadashah

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Matthew 1:22–23

Romans 4:1-25

Galatians 3:27–29

Matthew 28:19–20

Hebrews 6:13–15

John 14:27

Hebrews 11 : 1

Notes:

This week’s parshah (Torah Portion) Lech Lecha (Gen. XII,1–XVII,27) describe the Covenant between the Parts (ברית בין הבתרים), a.k.a. the Covenant of the Pieces, when G-d entered into eternal covenant with Abraham (at the time called Abram).

Lech Lecha: Finding Ourselves and Hearing the Call

This parsha, “Lech Lechah,” marks the beginning of Abraham’s travels from a pagan land to the Land of Israel.

The journey of the Jewish people begins with Abraham, whose own story begins with a physical and spiritual journey.

It was said by the prominent hassidic rabbi, Lubavitcher Rebbe, that Lech Lecha (“Go, to you”)–“…are the most important words ever spoken in history. With these words, G-d set Abraham on the course that would reverse the process of degeneration that humanity had been locked into ever since the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, a course that would eventually lead it to the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

G-d tells Abraham: I need you to leave your comfort zone. I need you to make efforts to come to me. I need you to make changes in your life. And without a second thought, Abraham follows — so much so, that the Torah records Abraham as describing himself as “walking before G-d!” [see Gen. 24:40]

This is what spiritual growth is all about — leaving our comfort zone, to be closer to G-d. And thanks to the strength bestowed upon us by our forebears, G-d knows we are up to the task. We merely need to put one foot in front of the other, to make the effort to go towards Him.

To Abraham:

“I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your G-d and the G-d of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their G-d.” (Genesis 17:7–8)

To Isaac:

“To you [Isaac] and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.” (Genesis 26:3)

To Jacob:

“I am the Lord, the G-d of your father Abraham and the G-d of Isaac. I will give you [Jacob] and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and … all peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.” (Genesis 28:13–14)

“Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” (Genesis13:17)

“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” (Joshua 1:3)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen- Hebrews 11:1

And I will bless you: with money (Genesis Rabbah 39:11). and [you shall] be a blessing: The blessings are entrusted into your hand. Until now, they were in My hand; I blessed Adam and Noah. From now on, you may bless whomever you wish. (Gen. Rabbah) (ad loc.). Another explanation: “And I will make you into a great nation”: This is [the basis] of saying the G-d of Abraham. “And I will bless you”: This is [the basis] of saying the G-d of Isaac. “And I will aggrandize your name”: This is [the basis] of saying the G-d of Jacob [in the initial benediction of the Silent Prayer.] You might think that [the first benediction of the Silent Prayer] should be concluded [by mentioning] them all. Therefore, Scripture states: and [you shall] be a blessing with you they will conclude, and not with them. [i.e., The closing of the blessing is the shield of Abraham, and not the shield of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.] [from Pes. 117b] shall be blessed in you: There are many aggadoth, but this is its simple meaning: A man says to his son, May you be like Abraham. And so is every instance of [the words] “shall be blessed with you” in Scripture. And the following [text] proves this (below 48:20):“With you, Israel shall bless, saying: May G-d make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh.” – [from Sifrei, Naso 18]

But he shall receive an hundredfold now in This Time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and LANDS, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life – Mark 10 : 30

“Listen daughter and behold, incline your ear and forget your people and your father’s house.” (Psalms 45:11)

The Midrash says that this verse is hinting at Avraham. Listen refers to Avraham who listened to the voice of Hashem who said, “Lech Lecha.! Go!” Behold also refers to Avraham who saw the Divine Presence when Hashem appeared to him. Notice that the verse says, “Hear daughter and behold. . .”. It reflects Avraham’s experience. He heard, he acted, (the word daughter which separates between hear and behold), then he saw the Divine Presence.

May we hear the call of “Lech lecha,” hearing G-d’s desire that we bring our lives and our will into partnership with the holy divine.

May we know when to trust the sacred voice within, and may our journey bring us peace. Amein – GADDI