Shabbat Shalom

This week we have a double parsha (diaspora thing, covering the 3rd and 4th portions of the yearly Torah readings).

First up is  Lech Lecha, translated as “go” or “for you to go”, covering Genesis 12:1-17:27.  The parsha deals with G-ds relationship with Abram (later known as Abraham) including the introduction of the covenant of circumcision. The translation of the Torah portion can be found via JTS at : http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/lekhlekha.shtml

The Haftorah this week is also courtesy of JTS: http://www.jtsa.edu/Conservative_Judaism/JTS_Torah_Commentary/Haftarah_for_Lekh_Lkha.xml

Sources of commentary:

Torah.org: http://www.torah.org/learning/parsha/summary/lechlecha.html

Aish: http://www.aish.com/tp/43919112.html

and  animated at G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/lech-lecha

and the second parsha section is Vayera, translated from Hebrew as “he appeared” and covering Genesis 18:1- 22:24. In this torah portion we learn about Abraham’s three visitors, the trouble over in Sodom and Gomorrah, the birth of Isaac and the situation that lead to his binding and the expulsion of Hagar.

Commentary can be found at the following sites:

Torah.org: http://www.torah.org/learning/parsha/vayera.html

Hillel: http://www.hillel.org/jewish/archives/bereshit/vayera/1999_vayera.htm

URJ: http://urj.org/learning/torah/?syspage=article&item_id=95381

and animated at G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/vayera

Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

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