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  1. Text study on Lekh Lekha and Zionism

    This text study pairs Biblical passages on the Promised Land with contemporary text selections on the same topic.  Each text represents a view of what “Promised Land” means, and has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers, over the millennia. Guide questions are provided, along with a short leader's guide. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/lekh-lekha-and-promised-land-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 4:12pm

  2. Hagar: The Immigrant Worker

    Many, many years ago in a distant land a woman named Sarah was married to Abraham. Sarah was not able to bear children. She was distressed and often wondered how she could increase her standing in the community and keep the wealth she and her husband had acquired in their family, both of which depended on having children. One day she realized the answer was right there before her eyes in the form of her domestic help, the young immigrant woman from Egypt named Hagar. Sarah knew that Hagar needed the job at her house and would do whatever it took to keep it.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/hagar-immigrant-worker

    Posted on: 2017/08/15 - 4:06pm

  3. Desperate Immigrants: An Ancient Jewish Story

    In the Book of Genesis, we read about Abraham and Sarah’s journey to the Promised Land. Shortly after they arrive, they encounter famine and head to Egypt in search of food. Foreigners without family or clan to protect them, they are afraid. Abraham asks Sarah to pretend to be his sister in the hope that this will help them avoid trouble – an act of deceit that potentially offered them some protection from harm in the context of their times.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/desperate-immigrants-ancient-jewish-story

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:27pm

  4. DT Lekh Lekha Ellen Dannin

    If ever there were a person for whom Psalm 145 — the Ashrei — was written, it is Avraham. Ashrei begins: “Happy are they who dwell in your house” and then continues through the Hebrew alphabet to list God’s attributes and blessings bestowed on us and our reasons for giving thanks.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/avraham-happiness-and-gods-open-hand

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:11pm

  5. Be a Blessing - DT Lekh Lekha SPN

    The parashah begins with God’s call to Avram (his name won’t be changed to Avraham until later) to “Go forth from your land, from your kindred, from your father’s house, to the land that I will let you see. I will make a great nation of you and will give you blessing and will make your name great. Be a blessing!”
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/be-blessing

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:24pm

  6. Go to Yourself: Abraham and the Spiritual Journey DT Kligler

    And YHVH said to Abram, “Lekh Lekha (go forth, but literally go to yourself) from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)

     

    וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ־לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל־הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ׃

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/go-yourself-abraham-and-spiritual-journey

    Posted on: 2017/10/20 - 12:42pm