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Parshat Lech Lecha                                                November 9, 2019  11 Cheshvan, 5780
                                              Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Lech Lecha
                    TORAH
               ARTSCROLL 54            Within the first words   Abraham’s case, trust not in   entire universe. Abraham
                  HERTZ  45            that God addresses to the  visible power but in the voice   and Sarah were to be like
                                       bearer of a new         of the invisible God. At the end  perfume, leaving a trace of
                  HAFTORAH             covenant, there are     of it, however, Abraham would  their presence wherever
                                                               discover that he had achieved
                                       already hints as to the
                                                                                           they went. Implicit in this
             ARTSCROLL   1133          nature of the heroism he  something he could not have   midrash is the idea that the
                  HERTZ  60            would come to embody.   done otherwise. He would give  fate of the first Jews already
                                       The multi-layered       birth to a new nation whose   prefigured that of their
                     Times             command “Lech lecha –   greatness consisted precisely   descendants who would be
                                       go forth” contains the   in the ability to live by that   scattered throughout the
                                       seeds of Abraham’s      voice and create something   world in order to spread
           Candle Lighting      4:25 pm
                                       ultimate vocation. Rashi,  new in the history of mankind.  knowledge of God
           Mincha               4:25 pm   following an ancient   “Go for yourself” – believe in   throughout the world.
                                       exegetic tradition,     what you can become.        Unusually, exile is seen here
           Hashkama             8:00 am   translates the phrase as   Another interpretation, more   not as punishment but as a
                                       “Journey for yourself.”                             necessary corollary of a
           Youth Minyan         8:30 am   According to him, God is   midrashic, takes the phrase to   faith that sees God
                                       saying “Travel for your   mean “Go with yourself ” –   everywhere. Lech lecha
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am   own benefit and good.   meaning, by travelling from   means “Go with yourself” –
                                       There I will make you   place to place you will extend   your beliefs, your way of
           Main                 9:00 am   into a great nation; here   your influence not over one   life, your faith.
                                       you will not have the   land but many: When the Holy
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am                        One said to Abraham, “Leave   A third interpretation, this
                                       merit of having children.”
                                       Sometimes we have to    your land, your birthplace and   time more mystical, takes
           Gemara Shiur         3:45 pm                        your father’s house…” what did  the phrase to mean, “Go to
                                       give up our past in order   Abraham resemble? A jar of   yourself.” The Jewish
           Mincha               4:15 pm   to acquire a future. In his   scent with a tight-fitting lid put  journey, said R. David of
                                       first words to Abraham,
           Shabbat Ends         5:32 pm   God was already      away in a corner so that its   Lelov, is a journey to the
                                                               fragrance could not go forth.
                                                                                           root of the soul. In the
                                       intimating that what
           R’ Reisman Video     7:30 pm   seems like a sacrifice is,   As soon as it was moved from   words of R. Zushya of
           Shiur                       in the long run, not so.   that place and opened, its   Hanipol, “When I get to
                                       Abraham was about to    fragrance began to spread. So  heaven, they will not ask
           Sunday Nov. 10    7:30/8:30 am   say goodbye to the things   the Holy One said to Abraham,  me, why were you not
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   that mean most to us –   “Abraham, many good deeds   Moses? They will ask me,
                                                                                           Zushya, why were you not
           Tue., Wed. &  Fri.   6:45/7:45 am   land, birthplace and   are in you. Travel about from   Zushya?” Abraham was
                                                               place to place, so that the
                                         parental home, the    greatness of your name will go  being asked to leave behind
           Mincha               4:20 pm   places where we belong.   forth in My world.”    all the things that make us
                                       He was about to make a                              someone else – for it is only
                   Latest Times for    journey from the familiar  Abraham was commanded to   by taking a long and lonely
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei   to the unfamiliar, a leap   leave his place in order to   journey that we discover
                                       into the unknown. To be   testify to the existence of a   who we truly are. “Go to
           Nov. 9            9:06/9:57 am   able to make that leap   God not bounded by place –   yourself.”
                                       involves trust – in     Creator and Sovereign of the
           Nov. 16          9:11/10:00 am
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           Candle Lighting      4:18 pm                  Josh Windsor & Norma Bilbool
                                                       to celebrate Jonathan Windsor’s
           Mincha               4:20 pm
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