Weekly Torah Portion

This week's parsha, Lech Lecha, introduces us to Avraham. God's choice of him to be his representative on earth, and for that relationship to be passed on to the children he does not yet have, is the central theme of Avraham's life. In one of their more dramatic interactions, the ברית בין הבתרים - The Covenant of the Pieces - which is entered into by God and Avraham passing between the halved pieces of a variety of animal sacrifices,  God informs Avraham of the exile and slavery in Egypt to which his great-grandchildren will be subjected.


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