םולש תבש 8 Cheshvan 5775 • Parshas Lech Lecha

8 Cheshvan 5775 • Parshas Lech Lecha
November 1, 2014 • Vol. 10, No. 42
Torah Reading p. 54 Haftorah p. 547
‫שבת שלום‬
Rabbi Shmuel Silber
Cantor Philip Rosenblatt, Emeritus
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Lech Lecha: Tethered to the Past, Reaching for the Future
Rabbi Shmuel Silber
“And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth (Lech Lecha) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to
the land that I will show you (Genesis 12:1).”
In this week’s Parsha we read of the first of Avraham’s ten tests. Each test enabled Avraham to actualize his potential and
groomed him to be the father of our great nation. But what was so difficult about this Lech Lecha command? As challenging
as it may have been to leave his home and travel to a distant unknown land, God promised Avraham that he would be successful in every way. What is the test if God assures you of success?
Rav Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik zt’l provides a fascinating insight. The Rav points out that later in the Parsha Avraham is
told, “But you will come to your forefathers in peace; you will be buried in a good old age (Genesis 15:15).” The commentaries
are puzzled – Avraham’s father, Terach, was a known idolater, why would God tell Avraham that he would be joining his father
in the afterlife? Rashi explains, “This teaches us that Terach repented.”
Avraham and Terach, father and son were locked in fierce religious debate. Avraham was a monotheist and his father, a
staunch idolater. Avraham tried to teach his father about God, he tried to show Terach the folly and emptiness of his idolatrous
ways. Terach felt so betrayed by his son that he handed Avraham over to the authorities to be executed for “heresy.” Through
miraculous intervention, Avraham survived (Midrash Rabba Noach 38:13). Could it be that Terach had a place in the World to
Come? Could it be that Avraham was to spend eternity alongside the man who had ordered his execution? The Rav explains:
“Terach so hated Abraham that he denounced him and colluded to have him executed. Later – I don’t know how long it took –
the same Terach saw the light and realized Avraham was right and society wrong, that his past was wrong, that a life dedicated
to paganism and idolatry, to a cruel philosophy, to ideals in conflict with the basic principles of decency, was a waste. There
was a tremendous change in Terach … When the command of Lech Lecha came and Abraham began to pack his bags, he
realized to his great surprise that his father’s bags had already been packed long before. Father and son, hitherto locked in
mortal combat, joined hands and together started out on the great march to Canaan …. (Abraham’s Journey, 54).”
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Parshas Lech Lecha
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After years of conflict, disagreement and animosity, father and son finally had a chance to build
a meaningful and enduring relationship. Herein lies the true test of Lech Lecha. At the very
moment when Avraham and Terach established this common ground with one another, God
called out to Avraham, Lech Lecha, Go forth, you must leave. For Avraham to self-actualize
and become the man he was destined to become he had to leave his father, he had to leave
behind any and every vestige of his past. Lech Lecha, you must go to yourself, by yourself.
You must strike out on your own, separate and distinct from all you have known until now. To
remain connected to the circumstances of your birth and childhood will handicap and prevent
you, Avram from becoming Avraham.
The theme of the Book of Bereishis is maaseh avos siman la’banim, that which occurred to the
fathers is a symbolic foreshadow for the children. The experiences of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs pave the way and set the stage for our life challenges and in reality represent the challenges inherent in the human condition. Avraham’s first test was to muster the strength to let
go and detach from the things that would hold him back. This came with great personal pain
as it meant not just leaving behind a parent, but leaving behind a father whom he was just getting to know.
Member News
We each have things that hold us back and keep us tethered to our present reality. Sometimes, it is an unhealthy relationship, a negative habit, a destructive behavior, hurt feelings or a
grudge so old I forgot what it’s about. If we want a chance to make it to our personal promised
land, if we want to become the people we know deep down we are capable of becoming, we
too must engage in the process of Lech Lecha and learn to detach, move on and let go.
Mazel Tov: Manny & Esther Rechthand and Dr.
Aaron Goldberg on the birth of a granddaughter,
to Moshe & Rachel Goldberg of Israel.
Birthdays: Chaim Rotenberg, Louis Rosen,
Hillel Markowitz, Leah Donaty, Suzanne Walder,
Yonatan Ben-Zion, Helen Mashbaum
Anniversaries: Avie & Elana Rock, Mitchell &
Malka Belzer, Marvin & Thelma Schwartz
Bernard Creeger; Tzvi Hersh ben Sara; Mel Pachino, Moshe Benzion ben Leah Rachel; Batya
Ahuva Bat Aliza Geula; Shulamit Mona bat Essie;
Mrs. Sonia Diamond, Sarah Etta Bas Batsheva;
Yaakov Yehuda Lev ben Chava; Milt Jacobson, Mordechai Menashe ben Dena; Gedalya ben
Henna; Yaakov Dovid ben Avigail
8 Cheshvan– Leon Levin, father of Arnold Levin;
Jacob Friedman, father of Mitchell Friedman
10 Cheshvan– Leon Morrison, brother-in-law of
Sidney Morrison; Moses Bulua, father of Suzanne
11 Cheshvan– Irving Cohen, brother of Jeanette
12 Cheshvan– Chava Balbos, grandmother of
Janice Posner; Arnold Feigelman, brother of Michael Elman
13 Cheshvan– Edith Siegel, sister-in-law of Mildred Shapiro-Bashevkin; Gertrude Kramer Polokof, mother of Mildred Shapiro-Bashevkin; Elsa
Lowenstein Gold, mother of Brian Gold; Bebe
Levin, mother of Arnold Levin.
14 Cheshvan– Rev. Solomon Ruback, grandfather of Lydia Rose Berman, great-grandfather of
Elie Berman; Susan Glasser, grandmother of
Shalom Kovacs; Baruch & Chaya Kozlovsky,
parents of Leon Kozlovsky; Chaim Yosef Kozlovsky, brother of Leon Kozlovsky
Milton & Ellie Marder, Daf Yomi 5 Cheshvan, in
memory of Ellie’s mother, Rose Steinberg, Rebbetzin Shoshana Rayzel bas Menachem Mendel
Ann Berman & Lydia Berman, Daf Yomi 6
Cheshvan, in memory of their husband and son,
Sheldon Berman, Shmuel Yoel ben Shalom Tuvia
Hal Caine, Daf Yomi 6 Cheshvan, in memory of
Murray Caine, Moshe ben Yosef ha Cohen
Lydia Berman, Daf Yomi 14 Cheshvan, in
memory of her grandfather, Rev. Solomon
Ruback, Shlomo Yoel
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