Lech L'cha

Go Forth

Genesis 12:1−17:27

When Is Lech L'cha Read?

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/ 10 Heshvan 5786
/ 13 Heshvan 5787


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Lech L'cha Commentary

an image of a woman sitting with her head on her knees, up against a brick wall

Hearing the Voice of the Powerless

By: Rabbi Kari Tuling

In Parashat Lech L'cha, Abram has been promised by God that he would father a child, but Sarai remains childless. Seeking to provide him with a much-needed and much-desired heir, Sarai concocts a plan.

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Video: Learn About Parashat Lech L'cha with Bim Bam

LECH LECHA: The Brit, or Covenant, Between Abraham and God

You may know the word "brit" from the "bris" ritual but the word actually means covenant. Learn about the Brit Bein HaBetarim, or the covenant between the parts, as described in Parashat Lech L'cha. Written and narrated by Emily Shapiro Katz, a creative Jewish educator in Beer Sheva, Israel. Enjoy this video and others from Bim Bam.

Listen to Podcasts About Parashat Lech L'cha

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Lech L'cha in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

Dancing With Our Tradition

How to Be Generous

Nothing Left Behind

How to Be a Hero

Rabbi Rick Jacobs