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5 Facts About Parshat Lech-Lecha that You (Maybe) Didn’t Know

Published on Friday November 8th, 2019

Lech Discover and learn every week, "5 Facts" written on the weekly Parshah that you can share at your Shabbos table.

וַיֵּ֣לֶךְ אַבְרָ֗םכַּאֲשֶׁ֨רדִּבֶּ֤ראֵלָיו֙ ה'וַיֵּ֥לֶךְ אִתּ֖וֹ ל֑וֹטוְאַבְרָ֗םבֶּן־חָמֵ֤שׁ שָׁנִים֙ וְשִׁבְעִ֣יםשָׁנָ֔הבְּצֵאת֖וֹ מֵחָרָֽן׃(12:4)

Abram went forth as the LORD had commanded him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

  1. Why did Avraham take Lot along with him?  

  • One of the reasons that Avraham took Lot along with him was because he had a prophecy that King David’s dynasty would come from him.

  1. Avraham minted his own universally accepted coin. Who else did so?  

  • Avraham was one of only 4 people who ever minted a coin that was universally accepted. The others were Yehoshua, King David, and Mordechai.

  1. What was described on Avraham’s coins?  

  • One side of the coin had an old man and woman representing Avraham and Sarah. The other side had an image of a young man and woman, representing Yitzchak and Rivkah.

  1. What did Avraham wear on his neck and why?  

  • Avraham wore a precious stone around his neck. Any sick person who would gaze at it would be miraculously healed.

  1. Why did people want to do business with Avraham?  

  • Not only was Avraham successful in all his businesses dealings, but anyone who would buy from, or sell to Avraham, would be successful too. People caught in a storm at sea would invoke Avraham’s merit and be saved. Sterile women who couldn’t previously conceive would have children in Avraham’s merit.

Eytan Yéhouda DZIKOWSKI - © Torah-Box Account

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