Did you “Go forth” with Abraham and Sarah yet? This week’s portion, Lekh Lekha is Genesis 12:1-17:27; Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16. Next week’s portion is Va-yera [“And He appeared”]: Genesis 18:1–22:24, Haftarah: 2 Kings 4:1-4:23 [Sephardim], 4:1-4:37 [Ashkenazim].
The Southeast Torah (sometimes “Curbside Torah”) group noted how rich and complicated this particular portion is: the famine and trip to Egypt, Lot’s capture and rescue, and the Covenant of the Pieces, in addition to the more well-known narratives. We talked about how characters who will NOT be part of the main story going forward — Lot and his family, Hagar and hers, Abimelech and the other kings — nonetheless seem prominent in the narrative. This diversity and complexity seemed interesting in itself. We also focused on the “uprootedness” of Sarah and Abraham, which carries over from the end of parashat Noach, and how that seems to be a necessary part of getting somewhere new.
Other study groups are invited to share, in the comments below, what they cover(ed) this week.