Parshat Lech Lecha
Ten generations have passed since Noach. Man has descended spiritually. In the year 1948 from Creation, Avram is born. By observing the world, Avram comes to recognize
A famine ensues and Avram is forced to relocate to Egypt to find food. Realizing that his wife’s beauty could cause his death at the hand of the Egyptians, Avram asks her to say that she is his sister. Sarai is taken to Pharaoh, but G‑d afflicts Pharaoh and his court with severe plagues and she is released unmolested. Avram returns to Eretz Yisrael (Canaan) with much wealth given to him by the Egyptians. During a quarrel over grazing rights between their shepherds, Avram decides to part ways with his nephew Lot. Lot chooses to live in the rich but corrupt city of Sodom in the fertile plain of the Jordan. A war breaks out between the kings of the region and Sodom is defeated. Lot is taken captive. Together with a handful of his converts, Avram rescues Lot, miraculously overpowering vastly superior forces, but Avram demurs at accepting any of the spoils of the battle.
In a prophetic covenant,
The Blessings That Come With A Clothes Dryer
“…to the Land that I will show you” (12:1)
In the first week of the war, I got a phone call from a lady who said they wanted to deliver the dryer that I bought before Yom Tov. I told her I was surprised than companies were still working in highly non-essential items like drying machines in the middle of a war. “Sure, we are!” she said. Before we got off the phone she said to me in Hebrew, “Be Safe! May we hear good news soon! Hashem should guard you! May Hashem bless His People with peace!” She wouldn’t let me off the phone until she had completed a litany of blessings for me, my family and the entire Jewish People.
“Who is like your people Israel, one nation in the world!”
The feeling of unity here in Eretz Yisrael is incredible. My son-in-law got back from the South of Israel, where he and his friends were dispensing homemade food and supplies to the soldiers. He told me, “You can’t believe how happy they were to see us.” It wasn’t the homemade cakes; it wasn’t the homemade sandwiches – it was the homemade love!”
We say in the Mincha prayer on Shabbat afternoon, “You, Hashem, are one, and Your name is One, and who is like Your people Israel, one nation in the land.”
To the extent we are one nation, so too Hashem’s Name will be One. The world will see that there is a Divine Being Who runs everything, and that nothing is random. It is axiomatic that Hashem is One, and thus the unity of the Jewish People is a mystical and spiritual imperative.
If we do not unite in love and joy, Hashem will unite us in grief and war. May Hashem protect His people. May He protect the soldiers who defend His People. May He protect Klal Yisrael in all the places of our Diaspora.