This week’s Torah portion – G-d begins the creation of the Jewish people



God said to Avram (later re-named Abraham),

“Go away from your land, your birth place

and your father’s house to the land which

I will show you.

I will make you into a great nation.

I will bless you. I will make your

name great and you will have the

power of blessing (other people).


I will bless those who bless you.

I will curse those that curse you.

All the families of the earth will

bless you.


Avram left, as God had told him,

and Lot, his nephew went with him.

(Traditional Jewish date circa 1825 BCE)


Avram was seventy-five years.

Avram took Sarai (later re-named Sarah)

and Lot, his brother’s son,

all the possessions which they had

acquired, and the people they had

(converted to Judaism) in Charan,

and they departed, heading for the

land of Canaan.


They arrived at the land of Canaan.

Avram traveled through the land,

as far as the area of Shechem,

in the plain of Moreh.

At that time, the Canaanites were

conquering the land from the

descendants of Sheim.


God appeared to Avram, and He said,

“I will give this land to your



Avram built an altar there to God,

who had appeared to him. He moved

his tent from there to the mountain

which is to the east of Beis Ail,

where he pitched his wife’s tent

first and then his own tent.


Beis Ail was to the west and

Ail was to the east. He built

an altar there to God, and he prayed

in the Name of God.


Avram traveled (periodically),

always traveling southward towards





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