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Parashat Lech Lecha - 5775

My friends,

The first portion of the Torah dealt with the creation of the world. The second Parasha told us about the only person, Noah, who was able to save humanity and the animals from the flood. This week's Parasha begins with G-d saying to Avram, "Lech Lecha" - "Go forth from your land, from your birthplace, from your father's house to the land which I will show you." G-d promises Avram that, if he leaves, "I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I shall curse. And all the families of the earth shall be blessed by you." Avram listens to the calling and he heads towards the Land of Canaan.

I believe that we can apply G-d's command to Avram to our own life. Everyday we are called upon to go forward - to do something with our lives. By doing the right thing we are blessed. But more important is that by doing the right thing, we also become a blessing to those around us. These four Hebrew words - "Lech Lecha (Go forth) and "Veheyeh Beracha" (be a blessing) can be the guides for a meaningful life.

As we begin each day, are we heading towards blessed activities? Secondly, are we a source of blessings to others? If the answer to both questions is "yes", we are living our life like Avram - our father Abraham.

"Lech Lecha Veheye Beracha!" May you be blessed and be a source of blessing to all around you.

Shabbat Shalom,