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It is more than necessary to have a place where we can experience our customs, our beliefs and our past; hence, our Jewish communities. Why did the land, the geography, matter so much?

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Based on some traditional sources, Rambam asserts: It was useless for Abraham to speak of monotheism in a society saturated with idols. Lost among the idolizers of Ur Casdim, there was no one there to teach him; his father, his mother and the people in his house were idolizers.

Abraham did not leave alone, but with his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot; he left with his family. It did not coincide with his values and beliefs. Only then can we share moments with the rest of society, within a framework that respects the differences.

It was necessary for Abraham to leave so that he could start a new tradition. It tells us none of this. Therefore, we might say that the order to leave his land was not a mere whim from G-d, but a necessity for Abraham and his family to be able to develop their beliefs and values freely.


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They cannot move on their own! This is perhaps what I could not understand when I was little.

It is very complicated to carry on a tradition when the majority of society teaches a different one. Behind Maimonides words, we find a justified response as oeja why G-d chose Abraham. There are times when it is necessary to leave in order to strengthen and develop our own identity. All alone, he discovered the monotheistic paradigm.

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But Abraham began feeling very uncomfortable in that world, for it did not fit with the G-d he lje discovering and aspiring to learn more about. In fact, the Midrash tells us that his countrymen even imprisoned him for the crime of destroying idols.

It would have been very hard to profess and carry on monotheism alone. It is very difficult to live Judaism in solitude. From his own spiritual quest, Abraham was able to arrive at the idea of only one G-d.

That was when G-d said to Abraham: How could a clay statue, that cannot speak or listen, cause this disaster? What did he believe in? Home About Us Mifgash Convention: May G-d allow us to understand how difficult it would be to live Judaism in solitude, and how important it is to have places where we can share, carry on our values, and strengthen our identity.

At the age of forty, Abraham recognized his Creator. Was it not possible for Abraham to shape his people and his beliefs where he lived? That it is extremely difficult, nearly impossible to have a faith, a belief system, values, a way of life in a society that does not agree with that faith. Surely the founders of our congregations thought, one way or another, about the message taught to us by our patriarch Abraham. Why move to another place?


The same thing happens today with our tradition. It was when Abraham reached this conclusion that G-d approached him and ordered him: There are two famous sources that attempt to explain the reason why Abraham was chosen by G-d to start the Hebrew people. Based on some traditional sources, Rambam asserts:. That was the world of his father, the world in which he was raised, and the world the society he belonged to believed in.

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Why, all of a sudden, did G-d demand from Abraham that he should leave his land? While Abraham was in the shop, a man came in asking for a statuette. But his heart searched and reached that conclusion that there is only one G-d who created everything and no divinity other than Him.

How can the heavenly bodies orbit without a motor to move them? One day, Terah was unable to tend his business and he asked Abraham to take care of it for that day. It is very complicated to be Jewish without a setting to experience, to learn, and to share Judaism.

What does this all mean?