Shiur for parashas Lech Lecha 5780
“The L-RD said to Abram, ‘Go forth [lech lecha] from your native land and from your fathers house to the land that I will show you.'”
Genesis 12:1, sefaria.org
Kli Yakar explains, that when Abraham is told lech lecha, literally, “go to yourself,” this is a remez (hint) pointing towards the place of “the foundation stone,” where Abraham would later be called to offer up his son, his only son, Isaac (Genesis 22). According to Kli Yakar, this place is referred to by Isaiah: “Look unto the rock whence ye were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1, JPS 1917 Tanach).
Kli Yakar is drawing upon a midrash that speaks of the dust of the earth taken to form Adam as being brought from this place, where the world in general was founded (Kli Yakar, sefaria.org). He further explains, that man himself is called, olam katan, (small world) because he is a microcosm of the world, and was fashioned from the place of that rock, which is also the place of the ladder for the soul” (ibid.).
Mankind’s origin is from this place, (in Hebrew, makom); the same word, makom is used to describe the location that G-d told Abraham to bring Isaac as an offering: Abraham “rose up, and went unto the place [makom] of which G-d had told him” (Genesis 22:3, JPS).
This is the connection, inasmuch that Abraham’s going forth from his native land is really a going “to himself,” not only where the dust of the earth was used for Adam, hence all of mankind, rather, also to where Abraham’s ultimate challenge would be – the tenth test that would define his character and faith.