The words of our Torah portion are most frightening. They are frightening for the ways in which we identify: the experience is too familiar.
Another perspective on this week’s Torah portion. Written by teens, for teens.
Parents and children often live in separate worlds. No matter how close they may be emotionally, their experiences, friends, and values are generally quite distinct.
In Parashat Vayeira we find a number of familiar biblical accounts, including Abraham's hospitality to the strangers who tell him about the upcoming birth of a son by his wife Sarah; Abrah
Parashat Vayeira ("And [God] appeared [to Abraham]") forms the critical midpoint of the Abraham narrative.
Parashah Vayeira is a five-chapter narrative lesson about revelation.
Throughout Parashat Vayeira, beings both divine and mortal use powerful words. Equally profound throughout this portion, however, are the volumes unspoken.
When I was eighteen months old, I was involved in an accident. I was running in the kitchen and accidentally tripped over the cord of a coffee percolator.
“A day without laughter is a day wasted,” Charlie Chaplin.1 “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand,” Mark Twain.
I agree with Kurt Vonnegut—it’s also been my experience that laughter and tears are different responses to the same human need: to withstand difficult situations.