Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Lech Lecha - 5777
Every year when we read about the journey of Avram and Sarai to Eretz Yisrael, we envision not just the trek of the patriarchs, but rather that of the thousands of Jews who made their way to the promised land. For many centuries inspired individuals, after living many years in Chutz Laaretz, would decide to leave their surroundings, to live their old age in Israel. Such a move was an act of devotion for the sake of personal spiritual growth "to gaze on the beauty of Hashem.” (Tehillim 27)
Today, we see something far greater. When young people decide to establish a family in the land and be part of building a community in Eretz Yisrael, they are not just doing so for themselves, but rather for the nation.
Pareshat Lech Lecha is a time to reflect, be grateful and inspired. We must be mindful of this unique historical period we live in, be grateful to Hashem for the incredible land and be inspired to be a part of history, by either making our way home or by being supporters of the cause.