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Avraham – Pillar of the World

One difficulty in learning Chumash (the five books of Torah) is the terse style. Events seem to flow seamlessly one right after the other. We lose perspective, getting lost in the chronological gaps. This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, has an example of this that features our forefather, Avraham.

Different Systems

This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Noach, tells of the seven mitzvot incumbent upon all human beings but Jews are obligated for a full 613. Why are there two systems of mitzvot detailed in the Torah?