Listening to our Inner Selves

פרשת לך לך
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Written by:
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
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ברכה ראשונה

  • Suggested Berachot Rishonot that are specifically connected to the topic at hand
  • You do not need to include ritualized or general berachot rishonot unless there are ones specifically connected to the limmud

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

In this week’s parshah, Hashem tells Avraham to go on a journey, using the seemingly redundant phrase לך לך.

שפת אמת ספר בראשית - פרשת לך - שנת תרל"ז 

והנה אברהם אע"ה הי' בו ב' הענינים כי מקודם היה בכלל בני נח וקירב כל הברואים להשי"ת כפי היכולת כמאמר המדרש אחות לנו שאיחה כל באי עולם להשי"ת. והי' זה בחי' יחוד ה'. אח"כ אמר לו השי"ת לך לך פי' לבחי' המיוחדת לך שהיא אומה הישראלית המיוחדת לה' בכל המעשים והדקדוקים ע"י המצות והיא בחי' התורה שנקראת דרך כמ"ש חז"ל ע"פ אשר לא הלכו בה כו'. ואמת שזה נוהג בכל איש ישראל כמאמר חז"ל מקודם יקבל עליו עמ"ש ואח"כ עול מצות.

שפת אמת ספר בראשית - פרשת לך - שנת תרס"ב

שפת אמת ספר בראשית - פרשת לך - שנת ]תרס"ב[ 

פי' מו"ז ז"ל שהפסוק מלמד לנו שצריכין מקודם להיות סור מרע ולשכוח הטבע אז זוכין לראות האמת כו'. וזהו עצמו פי' לך לך שהאדם יש בו יצירה פנימיות שערי בינה בלב אבל מתלבש בצורה חצוניות וכמו שהי' במצרים שהוציאנו ה' משערי טומאה והכנסנו לחמשים שערי בינה. כן הוא בפרט גם כן וזה לך לך לצאת מלבוש הגשמי להתדבק בצורה הפנימיות.

  1. The Sfat Emet says it means to “go to your self.” Hashem was telling Avraham, this journey you are on is not about just going to live someplace else but rather is about your destiny, that for which you were born. In effect, go to your place in life.It is impossible to know what one’s destiny is, but we can surely dream about it, think about, try to move forward toward it. 
    1. Take a moment to reflect upon what you hope your goals in life are. Write it down on a piece of paper.
    2. What do you think you can do today to take one step closer to where you want to be in life?
    3. Think about an obstacle that is getting in the way of taking that step or has gotten in the way until now.
    4. Share with a friend any one of your answers to these questions.
  2. The Sfat Emet says that the phrase לך לך means “go to your self,” meaning, be true to your inner being. We live in a world where we are distracted from our inner selves, from the real “me” because of the pressures, expectations, standards of the world around us which can sometimes prevent us from growing in the way we want to.
    1. If your inner self could speak, what would it say? Write it down.
    2. What would it take to give that inner voice a greater role in your life? How can you לך לך?
  3. Share your reflection with your chavruta or, if that is too uncomfortable, share with her the experience of what it was like to think about your inner self and trying to give it a greater voice in your life going forward.In this week’s parsha, Sarah dies and Avraham comes to her funeral. The verse says:

ברכה אחרונה

  • Place your beracha achrona here
  • You can have one or multiple suggestions

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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