The Portion of Lech Lecha


Hashem said to Avram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you.
Genesis 12:1
and all his household, his homeborn slaves and those that had been bought from outsiders, were circumcised with him.
Genesis 17:27

This week’s portion is a busy one! Abram is commanded by God to leave the land he knows and journey to a place “that I will show thee”. Once there, Abram almost immediately experiences famine, family tension and war. Through it all, however, God is with him, promising him greatness. At the end of the portion, God commands Abram to circumcise himself and the members of his household. He renames him Abraham, and that is how he is known to this day.