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Torah Tidbits with Martha Baumgarten

And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you."

In this week’s Parsha, Hashem tells Avraham to leave his home, his comfort zone, and go to a strange land. The Chasam Sofer tells us that Avraham thought that Hashem would be sending him to a land that was not populated, especially since this episode did not occur long after the flood. However, when Avraham gets there, he sees that the land is populated by Canaanites and strong nations. In spite of this, Avraham is not discouraged or afraid. He rises to the occasion and builds an altar to serve and thank Hashem. Consequently, this becomes the land of his children.

We learn from this that Hashem does not present us with obstacles that we cannot handle. We should not be discouraged by any “Canaanites” that stand before us. We must learn to channel our “inner Avraham” because Hashem gives us challenges that ultimately yield tremendous reward.

Martha Baumgarten
High School Judaic Studies Teacher


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