God spoke to Abraham and Abraham heard

And God spoke to Avraham

by yedidah on November 6, 2014

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And God spoke to Abraham.

Since the flood, silence. God had not revealed himself to mankind again. What was He waiting for?

On the finish of the Creation, the words of the Torah are, vayhal  Elohim, “and God finished”  But the Holy Or HaChaim, Rabbi Ibn Atar, tells us that these words also have the connotation of God “yearning” for Man.  What was He yearning for?

The answer comes when we consider why God spoke to Abraham. What made Abraham different from all the other members of his generation that God should speak to Him?  Even more poignant is the question is, in what way had Abraham prepared himself so he heard the voice of God? Why does the advent of Abraham mark a new beginning for mankind, a new consciousness, to the extent that the Torah suggests that the entire Creation was waiting for his coming ?

As we study the Zohar on this question, we begin to understand how to  discover our own inner Abraham.

My thanks to my Chevruta Leah Weinstein pointing out the Perush of the Or haChayim; and to my Chevruta Jodie Lebowitz who patiently learned the sources with me.

Zohar from Perush haSulam Lech Lecha, paragraph 1

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