Friday, November 7, 2008

Parshas Lech Lecha

This week I learned that Parshas Lech Lecha shows how Israel belongs to the Jews. About Jews being the chosen people which doesn’t have the negative connotation that most associate with it. About Avraham listening to hashem and just going and how we can apply it to our every day lives. About how Lech Lecha could mean go to yourself, to became your potential. About Avraham Haivri and what the term Ivri means and what it teaches us. About the term Elonei Mamrei and how Elon can be translated. About the Obligation to live in Israel. About being happy in Israel since Avraham Aveinu met your Neshama there. About a cool kids menu that relates to the parsha. That motzei shabbos is Rochel Imenu’s Yortzeit.

From Something to Say:

Gaze, now, toward the heavens and count the stars… so shall your offspring be (15:5).

According to the simple meaning of the verse, God was assuring Abraham, who was still childless, that he would have as many offspring as there are stars in the sky. Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin comments on this promise: One might wonder why God commanded Abraham to count the stars, for their numbers are so vast that they are truly impossible for any human being to count. God was saying, “Gaze, now… and count the stars- just as you see that it is impossible to count the stars using normal human powers, so will your descendants, the children of Israel, be blessed with powers that are above and beyond human comprehension.” Every Jew is blessed with tremendous resources, talents, and energies. Often these are hidden, even from awareness of the one who possesses them. The individual and collective accomplishments of our people through history, and their miraculous survival and maintenance of identity through the exile, bear witness to the special protection God affords us, and to the transcendent nature of the Jewish nation – a testimony that shines most brilliantly than all the stars in the sky.

At first when looking at this posuk I would think it means just that the Jews will increase in number and be many, just as the stars can’t be counted. But then there’s something else to it which gives us great insight. Although the Jews aren’t supposed to be haughty about being the Chosen nation. They do have a gene in them that makes them great and capable of great things. Jews are the highest level of a living thing. More is expected of us because of this. Our greatness is what enables us to survive every generation, it’s all in the stars!

Thank You Leora for the Stars!
Thank You Leora for the Stars!

Have a Great Shabbos!


Leora said...

Wonderful, wonderful post! This is my dream, thus us simple folk can create words of Torah and share it!

a gene I would suggest a different term, as we do allow converts.

If I had written your Count the Stars post, I would have added an illustration of stars. Meaning, I wish I was your illustrator... (do you understand what I mean? It's a compliment).

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Leora: Thanx! Yea, it's my dream too, I'm so happy I have access to such great posts people write, where I can learn something from it.

Your right, gene isn't the correct term.

Yea, I understand what you mean. If you have a picture of stars already, then I can post it up with a link to your blog. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever took a picture of the stars. And Thanx!

Leora said...

Oh, I am beaming! Thanks for including my stars. It is a detail from a watercolor that I painted for my son's bar-mitzvah invitation. I'm going to submit this to JPIX.

Shabbat Shalom.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Leora: great job painting the stars, stars are usually the hardest shape to draw, so that takes great talent! Stars happen to be my favorite shape also, so I love it!

Lion of Zion said...

thanks for the link, although it no longer works (i moved the post up)

שבת שלום

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Lion Of Zion: Your welcome, and I fixed the link so it should work now.

Batya said...

nice post
There are numerous stars, but they're spread out and hard to count...

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

Batya: Thanx!
Good Point.

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