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From his own spiritual quest, Abraham was able to arrive at the idea of only one G-d. What did he believe in? It is very difficult to live Judaism in solitude.

It is more than necessary to have a place where we can experience our customs, our beliefs and our lem hence, our Jewish communities. They cannot move on their own!

Why did the land, the geography, matter so much? Home About Us Mifgash Convention: All alone, he discovered the monotheistic paradigm.

It is very complicated to be Jewish without a setting to experience, to learn, and to share Judaism. Was it not possible for Abraham to shape his people and llej beliefs where he lived? It is very complicated to carry on a tradition when the majority of society teaches a different one.


The same thing happens today with our tradition. Only then can we share moments with the rest of society, within a framework that respects the differences.

There are times when it is necessary to leave in order to strengthen and develop our own identity. Based on some traditional sources, Rambam asserts:. Abraham did not leave alone, but with his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot; he left with his family.


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?

What does this all mean? That was when G-d said to Abraham: It did not coincide with his values and beliefs. One day, Terah was unable to tend his business and he asked Abraham to take care of it for that day. While Abraham was in the shop, a man came in asking for a statuette.

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. It would have been very hard to profess and carry on monotheism alone.

There are two famous sources that attempt to explain the reason why ,eja was chosen by G-d to start the Hebrew people. At the age of forty, Abraham recognized his Creator.

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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. How could a clay statue, that cannot speak or listen, cause this disaster?

Why move to another place?

Elja Abraham began feeling very uncomfortable in that world, for it did not fit with the G-d he was discovering and aspiring to learn more about. Based on some traditional sources, Rambam asserts: In fact, the Midrash tells us that his countrymen even imprisoned him for the lfj of destroying idols. Why, all of a sudden, did G-d demand from Abraham that he should leave his land? It was useless for Abraham to speak of monotheism in a society saturated with idols.


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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. That was the world of his father, the world in which he was raised, and the world ldja society he belonged to believed lsja. It tells us none of this. Surely the founders of our congregations thought, one lek or another, about the message taught to us by our patriarch Abraham.

This is perhaps what I could not understand when I was little. It was necessary for Abraham to leave so that he could start a new tradition.

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.

It was when Abraham reached this conclusion that G-d approached him and ordered him: Behind Maimonides words, we find a justified response as to why G-d chose Abraham.