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Key to Peace

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

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/key_to_peace_Parashat_Lech-Lecha_genesis_20091028

In most instances, families relocate due to a measure of dissatisfaction with where they live currently and a degree of hope for where they might arrive. The Torah portion of Lech-Lecha presents the beginning of the epic Israel-bound family journey of the Jewish people. It is distinct in various respects from all other family relocations recorded in the Book of Genesis or elsewhere in the Torah. A journey that continues still today, it retains central purposes that date back to Abraham’s formative travels even as its unfolding, historic itinerary inspires travelogue entries and reflective commentary with each passing day of the Jewish present.

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