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

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/we_matter_parashat_lech_lecha_genesis_121-1727_20111101

Last week’s Torah portion ends with a genealogy, a long list of names of who begot whom and how long they lived. It is one of many genealogies in the Torah. It used to be that when I encountered those lists, I tuned out; I found them boring. But then I read a book by Thomas Cahill called “The Gifts of the Jews” (Anchor, 1999).

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