Parashat Lech Lecha (Go for yourself)
The Torah doesn’t like to “waste” words. Every single word has an important meaning and we need to learn from each of them, especially when there is repetition within the same verse or the same idea is being expressed.
Genesis 12:10 tells us: “And there was a famine in the land. And Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was grievous in the land.” Why it is necessary to repeat that there was a famine?
An interesting interpretation is that there were two types of famine: one a physical famine and the other, a spiritual famine.
One of the most common mistakes we make in modern times is to provide a material answer to a spiritual problem.
Let us think seriously about what type of famine we are facing and how we are going to respond to it.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L