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Parashat Lech L'cha (November 12, 2016)
by Bettijane Eisenpreis

I AM HAPPY TO REPORT that one of my favorite songs, “Lechi Lach,” by Debbie Friedman, now is used in the Friday night service at Temple Emanu-El. Friedman renders in poetry the same sentiments that are quoted above, but she uses both the masculine and feminine forms of the Hebrew verb for “go forth,” Lechi Lach (feminine) and Lech Lekha (masculine). Is there any reason for this, beyond the fact that it makes beautiful poetry?

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