Parasha-a-day - Lech L'cha

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues - parashat ha-yom!

For today we look at Lech L'cha, the third parashah of the Torah, Genesis 12:1 - 17:27. Here we learn of the life of Abram, who becomes Abraham, the ancestor of the Hebrew people.

One of the many themes of these stories is challenging the divine - Abraham questions God on the fate of the dwellers of Sodom as well as how Abraham will sire a great nation without offspring.

In Elul, we challenge the order of things, we look back over the last year and see what didn't work out well, and try to return to them so as to set them right. We engage with the past to build a better present and future.