Posted on October 30th, 2014
This week's Torah portion of Lech L'cha includes the first description of the boundaries of the Land of Israel. At the beginning of our parshah God commands Abram, later to be renamed Abraham, Lech L'cha... el ha'arets asher areka, to "Go!.. to the land that I will show you." Abram and his wife Sarai are living in the city of Haran at that time, in Turkey today just north of what is now the Syrian border. Abram moves his household immediately, and relocates to Canaan, and God announces that this is the land which God will give to Abram and his descendants forever.