“Get Out”

This sermon was delivered on Shabbas Parshas Lech Lecha 5784 – October 28, 2023.

Hashem tells Avram to “Lech Lecha”, leave your homeland and birthplace. Hashem does not even tell him where he is going. Hashem merely says he is going “to a land which I will show you.” Avram does not question Hashem’s order; he just packs up and leaves.

Our sages tell us that “Maaseh Avot Siman LeBanim,” “the things that happened to our forefathers are a portend for their children.” And so it has been. For millennia, the Jewish people have been told Lech Lecha: get out. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, Jews have been expelled from country after country, always leaving without an idea of where they might be able to rest their heads next. Jews were expelled from (just to name a few):

  • France in 1254
  • England in 1290
  • Spain in 1492
  • Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky in 1862
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