פרשת לך לך
וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ אֶל-אַבְרָם, לֶךְ-לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ,
אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ.
|The LORD said to Abram: Go forth from your land and from your birthplaceand from your father’s house,to the land that I will show you.|
וְאֶעֶשְׂךָ, לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל, וַאֲבָרֶכְךָ,
וַאֲגַדְּלָה שְׁמֶךָ; וֶהְיֵה, בְּרָכָה.
And I will make of you a great nation,and I will bless you, and make your name great;and you shall be a blessing.
וַאֲבָרְכָה, מְבָרְכֶיךָ, וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ, אָאֹר;
וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ, כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה.
And I will bless those who bless you,and curse him that curses you,and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.
What is missing here from this opening?
Why was Avraham selected
and then told “Lech Lecha”?
After Abraham was weaned, while still an infant, his mind began to reflect. By day and night he was thinking and wondering: “How is it possible that this sphere should continuously be guiding the world and have no one to guide it and cause it to turn round; for it cannot be that it turns round of itself.” He had no teacher, no one to instruct him. His mind was busily working and reflecting till he had attained the way of truth, that He guides the celestial spheres and created everything and that among all that exist, there is no god beside Him. Abraham was forty years old when he recognized his Creator.
Maimonides – Mishneh Torah
There is an Aggada (Nedarim 32a) that states that he was three years old…“R. Ammi b. Abba also said: Abraham was three years old when he acknowledged the Creator.”
What is the difference between these two answers?
Which do you connect to most?