"G‑d said: Can I
conceal what I am doing from Abraham? And Abraham will be a great and mighty
nation and all the nations of the earth will be blessed from him." (Gen.
You cannot seal yourselves off from the outside world...
When G‑d decides to destroy Sodom, he first tells Abraham. This Divine
revelation is of great significance to both Abraham and his descendants, the
Nation of Israel. You cannot seal yourselves off from the outside world, G‑d
indicates to Abraham. Everything that happens in the world depends upon Abraham.
He is its source of blessing. When the world is not blessed and parts of it are
corrupt, it is Abraham's problem and responsibility. He is the father of the
nation whose destiny it is to perfect the world.
As the Torah portion continues, we see the opposite phenomenon: Abraham is
forced to expel his son, Ishmael, from his home. In this case, Abraham must shut
himself off from the world in order to protect the son who will inherit his
spiritual legacy. G‑d instructs him to expel Ishmael, "because in Isaac will
your seed be called."
The delicate balance between separatism on the one hand and responsibility for
the entire world on the other is something we, as a sovereign nation in our
Land, will have to learn to nurture.
The fortitude to expel whoever threatens our physical and spiritual integrity
while simultaneously taking responsibility to fight for universal justice is the
secret of Abraham. He was the father of a multitude of nations, and concurrently
the father of the Jewish Nation. Our challenge is to follow in Abraham's
footsteps: To be a unique, treasured nation unto G‑d while simultaneously being
a light and guide unto the nations.
[From “The Jewish
Leadership Weekly Newsletter,” Issue
Michael Fuah was a 2013 candidate for the chairmanship of the Likud Central