This week’s Torah Portion is called Lech L’cha which means “Go Forth” and it is, at its essence, a journey tale – our first journey tale, as our great, great, greatest ancestors Abraham and Sarah set forth on their journey, to a new land, a new life, and a new understanding of their relationship with God. And, at the same time, Lech L’cha is more than the legend of the physical journey of our ancient forbearers across time and space – it is our story, the story of our people, our family, in every age. It is the story of the spiritual journey from what we know, toward that something greater which we can hope to reach. Lech L’cha is that universal story of courage and faith which teaches us how hard it is to let go of the familiar patterns of our lives, the easier paths of less resistance, the way things have always been, even when we long for a better future. Lech L’cha is an ancient legend waiting still for us to live again, this day and every day.
Lech L’cha, Go Forth! How will you answer God’s call?
Abram, Sarai, and Lot go to Canaan. (12:1-9)
Famine takes them to Egypt, where Abram identifies Sarai as his sister in order to save his life. (12:10-20)
Abram and Lot separate. Lot is taken captive, and Abram rescues him. (13:1-14:24)
Abram has a son, Ishmael, with his Egyptian maidservant, Hagar. (16:1-16)
God establishes a covenant with Abram. The sign of this covenant is circumcision on the eighth day following a male baby’s birth. (17:1-27)