Lech Lecha 5777

Go forth from your land… and be a blessing.” God’s first sentence to the man who will become Abraham contains two enigmatic commandments, imperatives of totality. Go forth: submit absolutely to the unknown. The fear and exhilaration of a parachute jump, of a first kiss. The world around is burning, the path ahead remains unclear, contradictions abound. How to proceed? Be a blessing. Fight the continual chaos, not with strength, but with wild gentleness, with fiery kindness. Bless others, releasing their potential, and be yourself a source of blessing, raw potential expressing itself in ever-changing forms. Abraham, unbounded wanderer, trusting in his journey, his tent open on all sides to welcome strangers, teaches what it is to be truly free.

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[Inspired by: Genesis 12; Bereshit Rabbah 39:1; I vote for Ilhan Omar by Moriel Rothman-Zecher; Rav Raz Hartman; and The Burning Giraffe by Salvador Dali.]

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One comment on “Lech Lecha 5777

  1. Beautiful !

    On 11 November 2016 at 17:05, 120 words of Torah wrote:

    > joshkadosh posted: ““Go forth from your land… and be a blessing.” God’s > first sentence to the man who will become Abraham contains two enigmatic > commandments, imperatives of totality. Go forth: submit absolutely to the > unknown. The fear and exhilaration of a parachute jump, ” >

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