Parsha: Lech-Lecha (2023)

To be kind is the very nature of a Jew.
You can tell someone is Jewish, if they have the characteristics of humility, compassion, and generosity.

The Talmud teaches us that you can begin to identify Jewish lineage when you see these traits. This works in the reverse as well.

The Parsha this week introduces us to the life and times of Avraham the first Jew. He was the epitome of kindness. He was always looking for the opportunity to give.

The Zohar points out that a careful read of the Torah will make you discover that the name of Avraham is repeated in succession in many instances. “Avraham, Avraham,” is a common phrase.
While other personalities that represent restraint and withholding generosity, are never repeated in succession.
There is an important message being conveyed here.

There are times in life when we aren’t sure if we should be more kind or to administer discipline and show restraint.
Here we learn to err on the side of kindness. Double love and extra benevolence will only reinforce your natural self as a Jew.
This is true for our friends and loved ones.

But to our enemies who want to destroy us and evil doers we must always show strength and determination, to remove the threat to our safety and security.
Providing safety and security for Jewish lives becomes the number one priority, over any other consideration.
As the saying goes “ being kind to the cruel, is being cruel to the kind.

May G-d give us the strength, and courage to bring about a swift victory.