Monday, November 7, 2011

Lech Lecha - The Jewish People Get Their Super Powers

In this week’s parsha of Lech Lecha, the Jewish people acquire their super powers. Stronger than X-Men, the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman or Superman himself. The Jewish nation – each and every individual – is endowed with a power that does not diminish with kryptonite or any other vulnerability. Sometimes it lays dormant in individuals that have not yet discovered the power, but it is a power that grows and strengthens with use.
It is the power to bless.
Hashem tells Avraham, “And I will make of you a great nation; I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.” (Bereishit: 12:2)
Avraham was the first to be granted the power of blessing. And it was inherited by his heir Yitzchak, then Yaakov and all their children and progeny thereafter. Part of our spiritual genes as Jews is the power to bless.
Everyone who has ever had a Bubby or a Zaydie has witnessed this power first-hand with every utterance of his grandparents’ “Gebentscht zulst ir zine” (you should be blessed). And life was always better for the recipient of this blessing.
I told my children and grandchildren that they too have the power. They can bless their family, their friends, and no matter how many blessings they bestow, their storehouse of good wishes will never diminish.
I told them to use their power generously. “May you and your spouse have a life of peace and happiness.” “May you have nachas from your children.” “May you succeed in school.” “May you become a great tzaddik.” “May you make a good parnasa to support your family.” “May you have good health always.”
Bless, bless, bless.
The more we bless others, the more bracha (blessing) good luck, optimism, achievement, prosperity, health and Torah will be in the world. And like waves upon the lake, the power of blessing will grow and grow, benefiting more people with every utterance.
A world filled with blessing can reach great heights. It can help us reach the purpose of Creation, imbuing the world with goodness and the light of G-d.
Thank you for reading this blog. May G-d bless you and yours always.

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