The Third section of the Book of Genesis begins with the life of Avram, (Abraham) who was selected by G-d to found the Jewish people. The name of the portion is taken from the words G-d said to Avram to leave his native Mesopotamia (modern- day Iraq) and settle in the Promised Land.

G-d said to Avram (Abraham), “go for yourself” (12:1)

Although Abram’s accomplishments in spreading Divine consciousness so far had been impressive, they had been limited by the fact that he was speaking only from his personal convictions and reasoning.

All this changed when G-d spoke to Avram. His first words were literally “Go to you,” meaning “Go to your true higher self, the self that you could never reach on your own.” Through these words, G-d made Avram into a person who could progress beyond his abilities.

As we saw, the Flood introduced into the world the possibility to correct wrongdoing and remake our lives even after committing what would otherwise appear to be fatal mistakes. Now, when G-d told Avram to “go, to you”, He made it possible for us not only to return to our original selves, but to return to our authentic, fundamental selves – the selves we never knew existed, constantly uncovering new and infinitely higher vistas of our innate Divine personality and connection with G-d.

Have a meaningful Shabbat with a successful week to follow.

WARMEST MAZAL TOV WISHES TO RABBI & MRS SUFRIN ON THE ENGAGEMENT OF THEIR DAUGHTER CHAVI TO MICHAEL KAY.