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Melekhet Machashevet Citations
Lech Lecha

    The following are online citations from Moshe Chafetz's 1710 work Melekhet Machashevet, found via an unfiltered Google search and other occasional searches.

    Not all links are still active, but relevant text is excerpted here in full.

    Parshat Lech Lecha
    (From Genesis)

    Hamaayan/The Torah Spring -- Parshat Lech Lecha

    Excerpt: "Go for yourself from your land, from your birthplace and from your father's house ..." (12:1)

    R' Moshe Chafetz z"l (early 18th cent.) writes that a person usually loves his home for one of three reasons: He is used to it, he was born there, or his ancestors have lived there for many generations. Human nature is that it is difficult for a person to leave a place that has all three of these "traits" in order to go to a place that he has never even seen.

    This was Avraham's first test, that he had to leave his land, his birthplace and his father's home and go to a land that he did not know. Generally, people love their homes even when they are bad places, as Iyov said (Iyov 17:13-14), "Inasmuch as I crave the nethermost depths as my home, I spread my mattress in the dark. I called to the pit, 'You are my father!', to the worms, 'My mother, my sister!'." Avraham's test was to love Hashem instead of his hometown.

    (Melechet Machshevet)

    Teaneck Shuls -- Parshat Lech Lecha

    Excerpt: ""V'eagadlo Shimecho"- and I will make your name great. 12:2

    One can only become great in a foreign land, because "Any Novi B'iro"-in the city where one is born, the neighbors don't appreciate one's greatness.

    -Rav Moshe Chafetz"

     

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