This appeared in the weekly Torah Tidbits, published by the Orthodox Union in Jerusalem (some modification from me):
Parshat Lech Lecha has an interesting gap that represents 13 years. It teaches us something important. Notice the two consecutive verses (Genesis 16:16 and 17:1), which mention Avra(ha)m's being 86 and then 99. In the tiny space between these two verses (the space of a single letter in a Torah), 13 years pass. This 13-year gap is not per se important, but the lesson we can learn from it is. What happened during those 13 years?Note: Lech Lecha translates as “Go, for yourself.” The message is that the act of going to Israel is for your own good, truly in your best interest. It is a command from Hashem, but it is also excellent advice for the Jewish soul to be in the best and holiest place to thrive. All our discussion recently has been about being physically comfortable, and that it can be anywhere in the world (as long as that place still exists). But, do we ever ask where is the best place for the spiritual “me,” the most comfortable place to reach a much higher level of Tikun that will last me for eternity? Once again, Hashem’s advice is far above the advice of any human being, no matter how great or how observant he or she is.
NOTHING! Well not really nothing, but nothing of any significance for us. Avra(ha)m and Sara(i) lived their lives as individuals - not as the father and mother of the future Jewish Nation.
The Torah is not a full history nor a diary of the lives of the Fathers, Mothers, Tribes, Moshe and Aharon, etc.
We are not told about those 13 years (and all the other gaps throughout the Torah) because we have nothing to learn from whatever happened.
By inference – and this is the important message of the gap – we must know that everything that the Torah does and tells us is important to us. Much of what the Torah tells us involves the Mitzvot that Hashem commands us to follow.
Some of what the Torah tells us is meant to teach us what to do and what not to do as people and as Jews.
Case in point: LECH LECHA, Avraham grew up in an idolatrous pagan society. He rediscovered the One G-d on his own. He shared that fact and belief with many others – at great risk to himself. Very praiseworthy and meritorious behavior, yet it is specifically when G-d tells him to go the Eretz Yisroel that Avraham is to be a B'RACHA (blessing) for all.
Avraham Avinu is not the only person that G-d tells to leave his homeland and go to Eretz Yisroel. With the words LECH LECHA, G-d is commanding each and every Jew to follow in Avraham's footsteps.
A Jew can follow many of the Torah's mitzvot wherever he lives in the world. He can spread belief in G-d and observance of Torah and Mitzvot to his fellow Jews wherever he lives.
But the Jew is meant to live his Torah life in Eretz Yisroel. This is not just the lesson of Lech Lecha, but B'chukotai says it and many other places in the Torah echo the same point.
Hundreds of years before telling Moshe Rabeinu that He is taking the people out of Egypt to bring them to the Promised Land, he told the same thing about Eretz Yisroel to our forefathers and mothers. And through the Torah, G-d continues to tell generation after generation of Jews: Lech Lecha. It is a mitzvah, it facilitates other mitzvot, and it is R'TZON HASHEM (the will of Hashem) for us.
I just noticed that there were 69 earthquakes in the world over 2.5 in intensity in the past 24 hours (it is 11:15 Israel time as I write this). This includes a 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand (plus 8 aftershocks of over 5 and 6 in intensity), along with many other earthquakes over 5 in intensity. Since one of the indications that I have been watching of Nibiru's approach has been world disruptions and calamities, I look at this as another sign from Hashem that we are close to Hashem's great day of awe (end of Malachi) and the worldwide redemption (the Star of Jacob).