Shabbat Parshat Lech Lecha - AJC Shabbat Table
In this week's Shabbat Table, we ponder some of the most powerful verses in the Torah where God tells Abraham to leave his birthplace and become the father of a great nation. What can we learn from Abraham’s lonely and courageous journey? Then we pay tribute to a poet and a peacemaker. 137 years ago, Jewish poet Emma Lazarus composed “The New Colossus,” the verse inscribed on the Statute of Liberty that welcomed millions of immigrants seeking refuge in America. Then we recall the tragic circumstances behind the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of the architects of the controversial Oslo Accords, who was murdered 25 years ago this week. Lastly, we provide some talking points for discussing the rise of antisemitism in America.