Sunday, July 6, 2008

Avraham's Arrival in Eretz Yisrael

In chapter 12 of Breishit, we see the history of Avraham's Aliyah, his 1st year, if you would:

  • The Mitzvah to come to Eretz Yisrael.
  • Avraham comes to Eretz Yisrael with Sarah, Lot, and all of the souls that they had made. (Ateret HaYesod. Also, all the souls they made: the Borer of Galus is over.)
  • They came to Shechem, but the Canaanites were there then. (Shechem symbolizes Yosef)
  • Avraham has a prophecy from Hashem, and builds a mizbeach, and then travels south. (Mizbeach as a precursor to the Beit HaMikdash)
  • There is a drought, Avraham goes with Sarah to Pharoah. (Before the great Aliyah, there is a Yeridah. ועת צרה היא ליעקב וממנה יושע)
  • Avraham becomes exceedingly wealthy both upon arriving, and more so upon leaving Mitzraim. (The Zechirah brings physical abundance to Am Yisrael)
  • Avraham returns to the place that he was at first, between Beit El and the Ai. (Again the Beit HaMikdash)

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