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A New Nation

Parshat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/a_new_nation_20011026

Jewish history begins with God's call to Abram: "Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you." This call resonates through the millennia in two important ways. It connects our earliest beginnings and very identity as a people to the Promised Land, Israel. And it roots being Jewish in renunciation, deviation from the natural flow of events and radical independence.

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