Please join our family in reading Scriptures for Parashah Lech Lecha, which means “Go Forth”.
- Torah: Genesis 12:1-17:27
- Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
- B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
- Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels): Matthew 1:1-17
- Iggerot (Letters): 1 Peter3:18-22 and Romans 4:1-25
Parashah in a Nutshell:
In this week’s Parashah, G‑d calls Abram commanding him, “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” G‑d tells him he will be made into a great nation. Abram, his wife, Sarai, and his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan. Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.
A famine forces them depart Canaan for Egypt. Before entering Egypt, Abram tells his wife because of her beauty they will kill him and let her live. He tells his wife to tell everyone that she is his sister. The princes saw her and they thought she was very beautiful and she was taken into Pharaoh’s palace. Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle, as if Pharaoh was paying a bride’s price. This same type of pattern will be repeated during the Exodus with Moses.
They travel back in the land of Canaan and Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem). Abram gave the king a tenth of everything.
G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.
Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly. An angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.
Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of multitudes”, and Sarai’s to Sarah, which means “princess”, and promises that a son will be born to them. This child is named Isaac, which means “will laugh”, will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.
Study helps, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:
- Audio of Torah Readings with Summary and Commentaries
- Quick Study
- Adult Study Outline
- Children’s Study Outline
- Torah Class Studies on Genesis – Ch. 12, Ch. 13, Ch. 13 part 2, Ch. 14, Ch. 15, Ch. 16, and Ch. 17
- The Parsha Experiment – Lech Lecha (Video)
- Lech Lecha for Kids (Video)
- Torah Tots: Lech Lecha (Video)
- Craft & Treat Ideas:
- Hebrew Lesson: Gimmel
- Homeschool Extension Activities: These are suggestions on how to incorporate the Torah Parashah into your homeschool curriculum.
- Language Arts – Write an essay on how Abraham’s calling, his journey to Egypt and out of Egypt mirror the events in the Book of Exodus with Moses. OR Summarize the events of Parashah Lech Lecha in your own words.
- Math – Math Stars worksheets. These are challenging and inspire curiosity about number relationships and geometric properties. Available in grade 1 – 8 downloads.
- Social Studies – Map Abraham’s journey from Ur. Map Option 1 and Map Option 2
- Science – Learning about the desert cactus. Adaptions of plant life in the desert. How can a cactus live without water. Plant adaptations with quiz. For older children — Seeing Stars: Crash Course (Video). Download the free book Storyland of Stars by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick. I developed a workbook for this book that can be downloaded here. You can either do the entire book or just the part about stars.
- Art – Art study of Abraham’s life. This website contains various pieces of art that depict different portions of Abraham’s life. Remember to fill in your timeline with the events from this week’s Parashah.
- Music – Song for Parshat Lech Lecha 1, Song for Parshat Lech Lecha II, We’re Going to Canaan, The First Jews Name was Avraham, It’s Time to Leave Your Homeland, Home, Home in My Tent, and Father Abraham,
- Bible – Sequencing booklet or older children complete Torah Class or Torah Explorers lessons.