Parshat Lech Lecha – October 31, 2020 – 13 Cheshvan, 5781

Parshat Lech Lecha

  • Stone Chumash, p. 54 (126 psukim)
  • Haftorah:  Isaiah Ch. 40 “Lomo Tomar” – Stone Chumash, p. 1133

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting: 5:51pm
  • Sunrise: 7:25am
  • Latest Shma AM: 10:06am
  • Latest Amidah: 11:00am
  • Earliest Mincha: 1:14pm
  • Havdalah: 6:47pm
  • Zoom Community Havdalah: 7:05pm

Thoughts on the Parsha

Go thee from thy land and from thy father’s land…unto the land which I will show you.

Bereishit 12:1 (first verse of Parshat Lech Lecha)

Avraham Avinu was the first person to arrive at the knowledge that there exists a single G-d in this world, as well as the knowledge that it is worth following that G-d to the ends of the earth. The mission which Abraham began still has application to us, his descendants. We, too, are required to go to that land which G-d has shown us. If the experience of exile has desensitized us from our sense of mission, then we must immerse ourselves in the words of the Torah. Those words, as well as the words of the prophets and our sages are still as fresh and vibrant today as they were three thousand years ago. Eventually the Chosen people must return to their promised land! This is prophesied in the Torah itself, in the Parasha which we just read recently, Parashat Netzavim. There the parasha, colloquially known as פרשת התשובה/the returning, describes how, in the end of days, the people of Israel will finally return to their land. This process has already begun in our own lifetimes. The process must continue. In the end G-d’s Will, shall be realized.

Shabbat Shalom!