Lech Lecha: Gen 14-15 Part Two
This lesson is part two of two lessons on Lech Lecha. We pick up in chapter 14 at the daring rescue of Lot by Abram and his fighters. Abram presents the spoils of war to Meleck Tzadik. Hashem makes a covenant with Abram and changes his name. Lech Lecha is Hebrew for “go!” or “leave!” or “go for you” — the fifth and sixth words in the parashah) is the third weekly Torah portion(פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. It constitutes Genesis 12:1–17:27. The parashah is made up of 6,336 Hebrew letters, 1,686 Hebrew words, and 126 verses, and occupy about 208 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah). Jews read it on the third Sabbath after Simchat Torah, generally in October or November.
The parashah tells the stories of God’s calling of Abram (who would become Abraham), Abram’s passing off his wife Sarai as his sister, Abram’s dividing the land with his nephewLot, the war between the four kings and the , the covenant between the pieces, Sarai’s tensions with her maid Hagar and Hagar’s son Ishmael, and the covenant of circumcision (בְּרִית מִילָה, brit milah).