Can you think of any famous journeys? I asked some friends, and we came up with these:
- Journey of the Children of Israel from Egypt through the desert to the Land of Israel
- Travels of Christopher Columbus
- Explorations of Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Lewis and Clark
- Donner Party
- The band Journey
- The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
- Man’s travel to the Moon
- Other space expeditions, like the tragic Challenger trip
- Journey to the Center of the Earth
- Exodus by Leon Uris
- Marco Polo, Jacques Cartier, Vasco de Gama, Captain Cook
- Commute to New York City every day
- Odysseus, Jason
- Hegira, the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D
- A Fantastic Voyage, The Fantastic Journey (I had to look these up)
- Byrd, Peary, Scott and Amundsen: journey to the Poles
- Laura Ingalls Wilder – journey through the places she lived in the U.S.
- Dorothy’s journey to Oz (and back to Kansas)
- Bilbo’s and Frodo’s journeys in Middle Earth
- Finding parking in New Brunswick, New Jersey
- On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
- Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
- After 1948 many Jews fled Muslim countries – most went to Israel, some to France and to the U.S.
- Journey of the 12 spies into the Land of Canaan/Israel
- Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne
- Pilgrims travel to America (as did later many others from Europe and elsewhere)
- Lady Godiva’s 11th century ride through Coventry to protest her husband’s excessive taxation of his subjects
In this week’s parsha of Lech Lecha, God tells Avram (he is not yet Avraham) to go forth from the land of his birth and travel to another land. According to the commentator Rashi, one is liable to lose three things by journeying: a trip can inhibit the birth of children, decrease one’s wealth and lessen one’s fame (lose one’s reputation). So God blesses Avram accordingly so he will have many children, wealth and he will become a great nation (fame).
So do any of the famous journeys we mention fit into the three categories mentioned by Rashi? As a loss or as a gain? Can you think of any other well-known journeys? Do people lose children, wealth or reputation on these journeys? Or do they gain them?
Last year I wrote about Oaks, Terebinths or Plains.
Ilana-Davita writes about a spiritual journey for man and an individual relationship between man and God.