Two Minutes of Torah | Lech L’cha | Genesis 12:1−17:27

“Go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” Could this directive be any clearer? It’s time to leave, no question about it, but why?

God gives Abraham the order to extricate himself from his previous life in this specific way to prepare him for the emotional changes that are about to take place. In order to embrace his new role as the “founding father” of Judaism, Abraham must physically detach himself from what he has known in order to fully take on his new identity and leadership role.

Can this idea serve us today? Absolutely! We know that when we need a change of perspective, changing our physical space can help us see the world in a new way. It is from this week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, that we are taught “if we change our place, we change our luck.”

– Rabbi Kate Speizer

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