Genesis 12:1
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1  Hashem said to Avram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

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א  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ׃

 12:1   Go forth from your native land

With the words lech l’cha (לך לך), literally ‘go for yourself,’ Avraham is commanded to leave everything behind and head to the Holy Land. It would have been enough for God to command him lech (לך), ‘go’; what is added by the word l’cha (לך), ‘for yourself’? According to Rashi, the word l’cha implies that the travel was for Avraham’s benefit. Though he is leaving his homeland, family, and father’s house, God promises Avraham that the journey will be beneficial to him. As a result of his relocation, he will merit the children he has always wanted and will become influential throughout the world, so that he will be able to accomplish his mission to positively influence the world. A journey to Eretz Yisrael is not always simple, but the impact it can have is immeasurable.

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  • Lech l'cha, to go a personal way with HaShem. In my case, the Bible became a living book for me in 1984 when I was on board of a merchant vessel being an engineer. The same year we got a trip from Plymouth to Haifa with China Clay. I know the excitement when Erets Jisra'el became visable. Wonderful …. Today, so many years later, I've experienced a long way from the Christian Church to the observing of Shabbat and Torah. And what do we see today? All over the world there are Bible-believing Christians returning to the roots of our faith, following Avraham Avinu in expectation of the unification of the two sticks and settling in Erets Jisra'El!

  • In November of 2010, I had the immense honor and privilege to tour the Holy Land with my wife. I specifically remember the end of a very long journey from New Jersey. We were in final approach to Tel Aviv. As I looked out the window of our El Al flight, I clearly saw the waves on the Med. I gazed intently until a few minutes later the Land came into view. Words can't explain the elation within my soul. All I can say is that when I stepped off that plane and walked in Israel for the first time, my spirit said, "I'm home".

    • The only real bad thing that happened while I was there was 11 days later I have to go back to Mitzryim (USA). I would love to come there and stay. However, I'll be satisfied to wait until Messiah brings me there, along with all my brothers and sister of Ephraim.
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      I wrote several articles while I was in the Land. Anyone can read them by simply copy/pasting the link below into their browser. When there, scroll down the greeting page to "My Israel Trip" to access the articles.
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      http://yourtexascashmaster.blogspot.com/

      • DannyLee, my husband was in Israel some years ago, before we met, he said it was the wonderful experience, Hashem gave him a powerful love for Israel one we both share. One day I will stand there too.

  • Having led over 1,000 people to the Holy Land, I can assure you that this trip is ALWAYS lech lecha.

  • I have to say here that this is exactly what has happened to me. I heard the voice of God in my head and He said; “Go to Israel, I’ll tell you what to do when you get there.” As it says above, the impact it has is immeasurable. I have been here since 1987 and indeed, the impact is immeasurable.

  • Thanks a lot, I´m so happy to learn the Bible in Hebrew, because is more deep and help me to understand much better

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