We move from the righteous Noah to the righteous Avraham. Interestingly, we are all the children of Noach (right?), but it is Avraham who we revere as the first of the Avot (forefathers). How was Avraham’s righteousness different and better than Noach’s? Avraham and Sarah were perhaps the first Jewish missionaries, preaching ethical monotheism and morality to the idolaters of Aram and Charan. They seemed to be doing a great job there. Yet, God takes them out of a place of comfort and success and sends them to a different place where they will confront enemies and incredible challenges. God forces this upon Avraham and Sarah because like the rest of us, who tend to remain where we are comfortable, perhaps Avraham and Sarah may not have thought of this or been motivated themselves. God found Avraham and Sarah to be a great team and saw in them an incredible potential for making the greatest and most positive difference in the world in a place that needed the most help. Where are you right now? Are you in the best place for you? Are you in the best place to realize your fullest potential? Is it God who is speaking to you when you ponder these thoughts to yourself? When you make a decision for change are you making your own Lech Lecha? May the Almighty always bless you on your journey.
This Shabbat we learn with Ruth Bergman at 10:00 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel. She is an awesome teacher and we finish in time for you to hear the Rabbi’s Sermon or be on your way. This is very informal. You can come as you are and stay as long or as little as you like. Please feel most welcome as you most certainly are.