And Avram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. GENESIS 12:5 (The Israel Bible™)

When God commanded Abraham to leave his home and travel to the Land of Canaan (ancient Israel), he was instructed to bring his, wife, his sons, and all his ‘substance’. Midrash, an ancient commentary that comes to reveal deep questions, explains that substance refers to all the souls who were taught and influenced by Abraham and his wife Sarah. Our Biblical ancestors were a power couple who filled their lives by educating and thereby brought the concept of God to countless individuals and communities throughout their lifetime.

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