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Summary

In this Torah portion, God makes a covenant with Abram promising to make his descendants a great nation. God changes Abram’s 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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Parashat Lech-Lecha

Genesis 12:1 - 17:27

Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16

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