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I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]

The Eternal appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre as he was sitting at the entrance of the tent at about the hottest time of the day. - Genesis 18:1

  • Abraham welcomes three visitors, who announce that Sarah will soon have a son. (18:1-15)
  • Abraham argues with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (18:16-33)
  • Lot's home is attacked by the people of Sodom. Lot and his two daughters escape as the cities are being destroyed. Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt. (19:1-29)
  • Lot impregnates his daughters, and they bear children who become the founders of the nations Moab and Ammon. (19:30-38)
  • Abimelech, king of Gerar, takes Sarah as his wife after Abraham claims that she is his sister. (20:1-18)
  • Isaac is born, circumcised, and weaned. Hagar and her son, Ishmael, are sent away; an angel saves their lives. (21:1-21)
  • God tests Abraham, instructing him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. (22:1-19)

When do we read Vayeira?

2019 Nov 16
/18 Heshvan, 5780
2020 Nov 7
/20 Heshvan, 5781
2021 Oct 23
/17 Heshvan, 5782
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    In this parasha, three visitors come to tell Abraham (his new name) that Sarah (her new name) will have a son. They can’t believe it! But Abraham is angry that God wants to destroy two nations and makes a pact with God to save them. Listen to find out what happens to Lot’s wife and Sarah’s son – it’s a lot!  

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