In this week's Torah portion, Abraham is told to go to a land that God will show him. God urges Abraham, “lech lecha”. This is often translated as “go forth” but can also mean “go to yourself” or “go for yourself”.
Reading the Torah as a reflection of our inner life, we can imagine that we are Abraham. So are we being called to go to ourselves, or to go for ourselves? Maybe it’s both.
When I take the time to go into myself in a deep way, cutting below the surface chatter, I sometimes end up hearing a call to go somewhere, to do something, for myself. A call that ultimately serves others as well as myself.
You might want to set aside some time this week to “go to yourself” and listen to what is calling from inside. Do you notice a stirring to go for yourself, or to do something for yourself? This could be as simple as engaging in an act of self- care, or as eventful as taking a step towards a life of deeper purpose.
May we be blessed to know that we are each of infinite value and worthy of going to ourselves in order to discern how to go forth on our unique journeys. Go to yourself and you may be surprised and delighted by what you find!
With many blessings,
I am a Rabbinic Pastor in the Jewish Renewal tradition who brings a light-filled and joyful Judaism to others who want to experience the best that Jewish spirituality has to offer.