Lech Lecha: What Does It Mean To Make A “Covenant” With God?

What Does It Mean To Make A “Covenant” With God?

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman


We know what a brit milah is – it’s the circumcision ceremony that officially welcomes Jewish baby boys into the nation of Israel. But where did this whole thing begin? And what is its real significance? In this parsha we encounter the very first brit milah that Abraham performed on himself and all the male members of his household. What was so important about this ritual? Why was circumcision the sign of the covenant between God and Abraham? And how is it relevant to us today?

We can find some answer by taking a closer look into the story of Abraham’s brit milah. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman finds clues in the language of the text to reveal the deeper meaning of the covenant between Abraham and God. Exploring this story from the inside out will help us discover fascinating insights into what it means for us to be connected to God, and for God to be connected to us.