Today’s Torah reading is the second of three sidrot that inform us of the life and experiences of our forefather Avraham.
Rabbi Marcus – Lech L’cha
‘Lech Lecha’ – meaning ‘Go forth’ signal’s our forefather Avram’s journey and the beginnings of Jewish history. Avram is called upon by the Almighty to leave his home city of Haran in Mesopotamia in the 19th century BCE. Avram leaves behind his home, parents, wealth and the very powerful pagan culture in which he had grown up, and embarks on an adventure in establishing a faith in one G-d.
Avram arrives in Canaan together with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, but soon after because of famine they are forced to descend to Egypt. After further trials and tribulations Avram returns to Canaan where he separates from Lot. Lot gets involved in a war and Avram comes to his rescue.
Thereafter we read of the Covenant between G-d and Avram in which the Almighty promises that the land of Canaan will be the land of Avram’s descendants. The Almighty also informs him that his name will be changed to Avraham, meaning the father of a multitude of nations. Sarai his wife’s name is also changed to Sara meaning princess.