Genesis 12:1-17:27


In this Torah portion, God makes a covenant with Abram promising to make his ancestors a great nation. God changes his name to Abraham. Abraham has a child with Hagar, and names him Ishmael. God then promises Abraham’s barren wife, Sarah, that she will have a child.

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Stars in the Sky
God promises Abraham descendants like stars in the sky


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Go From Your Land
Joel Lynn, Hillel

Avram’s Pursuit of Righteousness
Sam Berrin Shonkoff, AJWS

Unconditional Love
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Hagar & Reproductive Health
Carol Towarnicky, AJWS

Rabbi Shira Milgrom, Union for Reform Judaism

Lament of a Barren Woman
Aviva Presser Aiden, AJWS


Smashing Jewish Idols
Rabbi Andy Bachman, socialaction.com


The First Jewish Environmentalist
Tuvia Aronson, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Abram And God’s Mutual Faith
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Beginning With The Individual
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

Shield of Abraham
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary

For Your Own Good
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Educating Against Egypt
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, Orthodox Union

Recognizing The Heir
David Elcott, CLAL


Women and the Covenant 
Rabbi Ruth Sohn, Women of Reform Judaism

Family and Fun


Parashat Lekh L’kha Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Lekh L’kha Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Lekh L’kha for Families
Torah Topics for Today


The Grass is Always Greener
Torah Topics for Today


Choose Harmony
Torah Topics for Today



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