This week’s Portion, Lech Lecha, is a distinct change from the first two Portions. They laid the foundation for everything that follows: creation, the fall of mankind, the wickedness of man, the destruction of almost all mankind in the flood, the establishment of human government and the first world dictator. The next two Portions focus on the man Abram; the following Portions focus on his descendants Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.
We start with God calling Abram from his homeland in Mesopotamia into the Land of Canaan…. with a few detours along the way. We witness God’s Covenant with Abram and with his succeeding generations, his adventures with his nephew Lot, his encounter with the enigmatic Melchizedech and Abram’s attempt to accomplish God’s plan for his family by himself.
The Portion concludes with God changing Abram’s and Sarai’s names and His complete Covenant with Abraham.