Lech Lecha: Chapter 23
"And it came to pass in the days of Amrafel"

The Zohar tells of Abraham's recognition of the all-encompassing reality of the Creator. The Patriarch's step-by-step spiritual process is depicted, beginning with his perception of the rising sun. Abraham's soul was profoundly stirred by the underlying cosmic order of our world. This stirring awakened a deep desire to know the ultimate truth, to grasp the supreme Force underlying the physical and metaphysical laws of nature. When Abraham's desire to know the Creator is ignited, only then does the Creator reveal Himself.


The act of seeking, in and of itself, is not enough to gain an awareness of the supreme Creator. We must begin to recognize and acknowledge His oneness and direct our efforts along the correct spiritual path. Moreover, our spiritual effort should not be rooted in blind faith; rather, it should take the form of a logical progression of questions and answers, efforts and results, which culminate in a delicate balance of certainty and faith. Through this portion, the power of certainty and the desire to seek the ultimate truth are awakened within our soul.