and Abraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham. commenced weeping
Then Abraham rose, walked slowly until
cedar and lilac. He sought out the price
and struck a bargain.
of his beloved that he bathed tenderly,
whiter than sand. In the morning
on a narrow limestone shelf
outside and sealed shut the opening.