Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Lech Lecha (Genesis 12-17)
12:4 And Avram went as G-D spoke to him and with him went Lot …
The purpose of this journey was for Avraham to disconnect from an environment and society that was getting nowhere and move to a land with great spiritual connection and potential.
The Ohr Yahel notes that the Torah says ‘with him went Lot,’ instead of ‘Lot went with him.’
Placing his name at the end puts his name a bit further away from Avraham’s name, mentioned first. It suggests that Avraham was front and moving forward in this journey towards greatness while Lot was dragging behind, not fully ready or willing to disconnect. He lacked commitment and was straddling behind.
When walking, we put one foot ahead, then we shift our weight, and then we lift up the other foot, disconnecting from where it was. The person who develops and climbs towards perfection must do the same in order to succeed.