Hashem said to Avram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you. GENESIS 12:1 (The Israel Bible™)

We read the Torah portion of Lech L’cha in which Abram is commanded by God to leave everything behind and head to the Holy Land. According to Jewish Sages, the journey that God commands Abram is for Abram’s own benefit. God vows that if Abram follows His commands, He will protect and safeguard Abram and his descendants. Once Abram arrives in the Land of Israel, he is met almost immediately with famine, family tensions and war. Through it all, God remains by Abram’s side and continues to promise him greatness. This Torah portion serves as the introduction to the eternal relationship between the land and the people of Israel.

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