We've got to get out of this place
Lech-Lecha 2009/5770
KOSHER SUTRA 'Get going from your land, your birthplace, your father's house to the land which I will show you' (Genesis 12:1)

Life is about journeys. Sure, we’re travelling every day, whether it is to or from work on the literal journeys, or working our way on the journey towards some greater ideal or indeed frantically running from harsh truths that are pursuing us (and we’d rather not face). 

Abram is told “Get going from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house, to the land that I will reveal to you”. This is the field of dreams where the ball player is told ‘build it and he will come’, it’s the leap of faith to take the first step and then discover where you are actually going. 

Hasidic mystics have often remarked on the internal aspect. Lech-lecha means ‘Get going’ but it also means ‘journey within’, or, literally ‘go to yourself’. Sit still and take the internal voyage to your true self, to pass through the external layers you use to hide behind and get back to your inner being, your ultimate personal mission.

A commentator called the Meshech Hochma takes this one stage further. He suggests that Abram was being told to journey towards his true inner potential, to cast off the limiting beliefs of his environment, the attitudes of his childhood friends and the restricting thoughts of his family (hey, we love our families, but…). Then, and only then, would Abram be revealed to himself – he would be shown his true inner greatness and in turn that potential would be shown to the world. 

Do you ever sit at your desk and think, ‘I could be something more’? ‘I could be doing something more’? ‘I’m better than this…I’ve got more to give’? Ok, so maybe I’m getting a little hyper because of the impending launch of the remake of the film ‘Fame’, but this week is a call to action, to go within and rediscover your inner greatness.

Go to yourself. Take the first step. Break beyond the limitations of your surroundings. Only then will the next stage be revealed to you. Be fearless. Lech-lecha.

Shalom V’Ahava