Parashat Lech Lecha 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–Where are you going?

The journey to peoplehood continues in this week’s Parasha. Is there a message in it for us?

Avraham and Sarah were perhaps the first Jewish missionaries, not just preaching ethical monotheism and morality to the idolaters of Aram and Charan, but living it. 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 imposes 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 saw in each of them an incredible potential for making the greatest and most positive difference in the world, but 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 your decision making and your journey.

This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Rachel Shere. 9:45 a.m. 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. Consider including this as part of your journey.

Shabbat Shalom,

Paul

P.S. If you can’t learn with us, definitely take advantage of the many other opportunities for learning in our community or wherever you live. Take advantage of the learning that the internet makes so accessible at your fingertips.

P.S.S. I always welcome your thoughts and comments. Feel free to forward this e-drash and encourage others to participate. Our teachers are amazing. This message is my own volunteer activity and has not been reviewed or approved by anyone else.

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