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Genesis 12.1 - 20

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 11

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Avram's Father, Terach


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Terach's business was the sale of idols, and the young Avram did his best to convince people not to buy them. Once it happened that his father had to go on a trip and left Avram in charge of his store. His instructions to his son were, "The bigger the god, the higher the price you charge. If an important person comes in, offer him a big idol; to a lesser customer, give a smaller one." Terach left.


An impressive looking broad shouldered man entered the store. "Give me a big idol as befits my status!" he pompously addressed the boy Avram. Avram handed him the largest idol he could find on the shelves and the man drew a substantial amount of money from his pocket.

"How old are you?" Avram questioned him.

"I am fifty years old."

"And you are not ashamed to worship a god that is only one day old?" Avram asked. "My father just made this one yesterday!" Confused, the man put the money back in his pocket and left.

An old woman entered. She told Avram that thieves had invaded her house during the previous night and stolen her gods.

"Is that so?" Avram asked. "If your gods were unable to protect themselves from the robbers, how do you expect them to protect you?"

"You are right," the woman admitted. "But whom shall we serve?"


"The Greater of heaven and earth who made me and you," Avraham answered. The woman left without buying a god.


Another woman came with a bowl full of flour as an offering for the gods. Avram took an axe and smashed all the idols except the biggest. He placed the axe leaning against the big idol. When Terach returned and saw the havoc in the house, he screamed angrily, "What happened here?"
"Why shall I conceal the truth from you? While you were away, a woman brought some flour as an offering. Each god exclaimed that he wanted to be the first to have it. The biggest was insulted, so he seized an axe and broke all the others!"

"What nonsense is this?" shouted Terach. "You know very well that they neither speak nor move around."

"Is that so?" Avram retorted. "Pray think about what you just admitted. Why then do you serve them?' '

One day it was Terach's turn to conduct the services before the gods in Nimrod's royal palace. Terach took Avram along to the capital. They arrived in Nimrod's palace and found it to contain a large exhibition of gods in gold, silver, copper, wood, and stone.


Terach brought bread and wine and offered them to the gods. "Take them, eat, and drink," Avram said to the idols, "and be appeased." None of the idols moved or answered with a sound.

"You see, they are not worth anything," Avram remarked.

He threw all the idols and shoved them together in a pile. Then he set fire to them and hurriedly fled from the palace.


This could not be ignored any longer. Terach himself, a loyal subject of King Nimrod, reported his son's misdemeanor to the king.


Avram had successfully passed the first trial. He had applied his mind to recognize his Creator and had rejected idol worship.


After reading this conversation it is understandable why the Creator of the Universe Instructed Abraham to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father.


Dear Ones our discussion begins with our Creator Instructing Avram to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father house.


Bereisheit 12.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ1:1


Genesis 12.1

And He, The Lord had said to Abram, Go! Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you...


Why does the Bible Say Terach died 60 years before he died?  The Midrash informs us Terach manufactured idols. He stopped manufacturing idols before he died. He eventually returns to The Lord God.


 לֶךְ Lehk means 'Go' and לְךָ Lih Kah means get out! When we drop the zeros of לֶךְ Lehk the Gematria numbers is ה Hey which equals 5.

The 5 represents the Five Books of Moses, i.e. The Torah.


ל30 ך20 = 50 - drop the zeros

ל3 ך2 = 5


I have been placing a strong emphasis upon the number 5. Why? When Abram was Abram, i.e. the Gematria 243 he was not the Father of nations. The Promise from the Creator seemed impossible. However 1 year before the birth of Isaac the Creator changed Abram's name to Abraham. Our Creator added the Letter Hey to Abraham's name. Our Creator added 5 to 243 to equal 248. 248 represents the organs in the body. One could say the Creator healed or added organs that may have been missing or not working correctly.


אַבְרָם

Abram

א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 243


אַבְרָהָם

ָAbraham

א2 ב2 ר200 ה5 ם40 = 248


We note another Promise of our Creator to Abram.


Genesis 15.15

You will join your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.


Rashi Says this verse Teaches that Terach repented from his idol making. It also Teaches that Abraham would die five years before his appointed time. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 150


The Gematria of Terach is 608 תֶּרַח .

ת400 ר200 ח8 = 608.


What happens when the Letter ה Hey is added to Terach' Name? The Gematria changes to 613. What does 613 represent? 613 represents all the Commands of the Creator. So we see that if the Letter Hey were added to Terach his name would equal 613. And perhaps we would see Terach observing All the Commands including the ones that he formerly violated.


 

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