Shabbat Parashat Lech Lecha| 5763
Lech Lecha | | 1/8/2003
Our parasha opens with the famous command to Avraham to leave his land, the place of his birth, and the house of his father (Bereishit 12:1). The question is why the order of leaving seems out of order, as first one leaves his house before he leaves his land. It is apparently for this reason that Chazal (Bereishit Rabba 39:1) understood that the command referred to a spiritual journey, above and beyond the physical one.
We are, unfortunately, witness to Israeli students studying abroad who too easily distance themselves from Jewish life in the Diaspora. Along with this, their connection to Israel itself weakens and they are willing to exchange their homeland for another country where living conditions are easier. Within the framework of religious education, where the proper way of life is the focal point of one’s thought process, lies the solution to this problem.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).