Lech Lecha Gen 12-13: Part One

 

This lesson in part on of two lessons on Lech Lecha. We will follow Abraham from the Ur Kaśdim to Canaan. Discover the how Abrahams journey has parallels to ones spiritual journey.  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).

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