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Parasha Lech - Lecha

This Parasha speaks about the life of Abraham Avinu.

Lech-Lecha means: “Go,” since Hashem orders Abraham to abandon his birthplace, his father´s house, and to go to an uncertain land which Hashem will show him.

Abram obeys and takes his wife, Sarai, accompanied by his nephew Lot, and head to the land of Canaan,

A famine strikes Canaan and Abram decides to descend to Egypt.

In Egypt, Sarai is taken by Pharaoh, but with Hashem´s help, Abram recuperates her and leaves Egypt with many riches.

Abram, Sarai and Lot return to Canaan and back in the land of Canaan Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sedom.

Lot is taken prisoner, due to a War of Nations. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

Hashem promises Abram that his descendants will be as numerous as the “Dust from the Earth” and that all of the Land of Canaan (Israel) will belong to him and all his descendants as an eternal heritage.

Abram is 70 years old and Sarai is 60 and they are childless, but Hashem tells him “Look now toward heaven and count the stars.... So shall be your progeny.”

Your descendants shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and they will be enslaved to them, and they will afflict them, for four hundred years.

Sarai tells Abram to take her handmaid, Hagar, so he can have a child. Hagar gives birth to Ishmael, Abram was 86 years old.

Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin and all the men of his household as well.

Hashem changes AbraHam and SaraH´s name and announces that in one year Sarah will give birth to a baby boy!


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