Go Forth with Yourself

Charlie and I love the music at Central Synagogue, so for the past few weeks we’ve been streaming their services, which are chock full of wonderful song.

This past Saturday a young boy had his bar mitzvah, and a young girl her bat mitzvah.

After all of the readings and the mini-sermons by the two, they were asked to stand in front of the ark, so that the rabbis and the congregation could bless them. What they sang was God’s word to Abram: “Go forth to a land that I will show you, to a place you do not know. I will make your name great and you shall be a blessing; go forth!” One of the rabbis translated the Hebrew very literally: “Go forth with yourself,” meaning “Go forth with the gift that is in you.” I thought that after the Angel Gabriel had left Mary, perhaps this is what God said to her: “Go forth with the gift that is in you to a place you do not know,” “to a land that I will show you.” “I will bless you, and you will be a blessing”.

Isn’t this what we are invited to do every day, and especially in a time of waiting for something we do not know?

Here is the song that the whole congregation including all the clergy sang to those two young people. Perhaps someone is singing it to us as well.

L’Chi Lach

Shared by Karen Gourgey


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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

2 thoughts on “Go Forth with Yourself

  1. Karen, what a beautiful song and inspiring blog. May you be blessed as you also go forth daily with the gifts God has given you.

  2. Dear Karen, thank you for sharing such a beautiful story, with such wise insight. I love the point of going forth with your God-given gifts, assuring us we are never alone. God bless you!

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