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Ruby Saks - Dvar Torah

My Torah portion is Lech Lecha in the book of Genesis, which is the 1st book. It is about Abram and Sarai’s journey to the land that g-d promised to show them.

At the beginning of the story the Eternal One said to Abram “Go forth from your land, your birthplace, your father’s house to the land that I will show you”, Abram was already quite old at this stage but he still obeyed because he had a trust and fear in the eternal one.

What’s interesting is that the words “Lech Lecha” is sometimes translated as “go to yourself” or “go to your essence”. For me this means it wasn’t only a physical journey that he was taking but also a spiritual journey.

This got me thinking about my path, where I want to go in life. Today On my bat mitzvah I feel as though I am starting my own journey as my Judaism becomes my responsibility and that I am now accepted as a young adult in the shul. I currently have no idea where I want to go in my life but I have trust in myself that I will make the right decisions to get me where I am meant to be. I don’t know Abram felt at the start of his journey but today I feel extremely nervous with a touch of excitement.

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