In Judaism the numbers seven and ten have great significance. The seven days of creation. The seven branches of the menorah. The Ten commandments. But the number eight has an equal though often overlooked importance as well….
In this week’s portion God calls to Abram and directs him to set out on a journey of becoming, to leave his father’s house and travel to a far and distant land. In turn, God promises Abram blessing and gives the added assurance that through him will all the families of the earth be blessed. V’huyay berachah, and God concludes, “It will be a blessing.” Or the better translation I think is to render the Hebrew as God’s command: Abram, Be a blessing.