This week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha, explores what it means to start fresh: to do what Abraham and Sarah did, leaving our familiar lives behind with nothing but uncertainty ahead. It asks us to break the status quo and chart a new path towards the future. Not easy tasks. And yet, being willing to start anew is a challenge as relevant and absolutely necessary for us today as it was to Abraham.
This week’s Dvar Tzedek author, Adina Roth, writes:
Avram, with his vision of monotheism, becomes an agent for change in the Torah, and his task to moveâ€”â€ślech lechaâ€ťâ€”becomes a compelling model for tikkun olam today. With its emphasis on departure, the lech model challenges us to leave behind all unjust systems in order to create a better world.
For example, this approach is what drives the Occupy Wall Street movement, with its calls to reject business models that perpetuate disempowerment and inequity and replace them with new, more equitable practices. As a model for social change, lech creates distance between a corrupt reality and a more hopeful vision.
Whether you choose to occupy or just mix things up a bit, why not look ahead toward a more just-world? Check out the rest of Adina’s dvar tzedek commentary on AJWS’ website here.