Good Advice

פרשת לך-לך
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Written by:
Rabbi Yehuda Chanales
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לימוד ועבודה פנימית

In this week’s parsha Hashem tells Avraham to go to ארץ ישראל and uses the famous language- “לך לך”. Many are bothered by the second word- “לך”: What does it mean to go “for you”?

Rashi explains that this means “להנאתך ולטובתך”, for your benefit and your own good. Hashem  is promising Avraham that even though he is giving up his home and going to live in a place that is unknown, the move will be good for him. 

    1. What do you think Avraham’s hesitations could have been in following his command? 
    2. What “הנאה” or “טובה” do you think made the move easier? 
  1. What is a time when someone convinced you (or you convinced yourself) to do something or go somewhere you had never gone before that would be “for your benefit and own good” AND IT ACTUALLY WAS?
  2. What is a time where the same thing happened but it ended up not really being so good for you?
  3. What could have gone wrong? What are some of the different reasons why someone may tell you something is for “your own good” when it really may not be?

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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