Lech Lecha 5776

Abraham has no boundaries. Already on the road, God commands him to “Go forth… to the land I will show you.” The land is never explicitly shown, and Abraham never stops going. The first thing he does in Canaan is leave it, going further down to Egypt, then back and forth throughout the land. His tent is open on four sides, welcoming travellers. His name is changed to ‘Father of many nations’. True to his name, he intervenes on behalf of the people of Sodom and in the battle of nine kingdoms. The boundaries between him and God are thin; their desires overlap. Each of the forefathers is a model for us: let us learn from Abraham openness, kindness, freedom.


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