In this week’s parasha the Ramban offers us a powerful lesson related to the current Presidential elections. The Torah states that there was a hunger in the Land of Canaan and Abraham left with his wife Sara and they descended to Egypt where there was food. The Ramban finds fault with Avraham’s conduct, condemning Avraham for allowing his wife to be placed in danger and also for leaving the Land when HaShem had promised the Land to Abraham’s descendants. Avraham, writes the Ramban, should not have been afraid and he should have maintained his faith in HaShem that everything would work out for the best. The Medrash (Tanchumah 9) states that מעשה אבות סימן לבנים, everything that happened to the fathers is a sign for the children. The Ramban goes so far as to posit that based on this Medrash, the Jewish People were punished in that they were required to go into the Egyptian Exile, be enslaved and persecuted, similar to what occurred to Avraham.
After the recent Presidential election, many people are filled with fear, both the fear of physical suffering that could occur to minorities and others who are vulnerable, coupled with the fear of losing their liberties. While such fears must be validated and not mocked, we must look to the Torah for guidance, not the sensational media. Avraham Avinu, our exalted Patriarch, was held accountable for making a reasonable effort in time of famine and danger to his life. We, who live in the democratic country of the United States, can certainly use this opportunity to rely on HaShem that He will continue to watch over us and allow us to serve Him freely without oppression from the outside world.
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