Vayeira

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

Genesis 18:1–22:24

When Is Vayeira Read?

/ 17 Heshvan 5782
/ 18 Heshvan 5783
/ 20 Heshvan 5784

Summary

  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Vayeira Commentary

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Letting Abraham's Example Guide Us, During Election Season and Beyond

By: Rabbi Michael Dolgin

Parashat Vayeira contains some of the most well-known and controversial texts in the book of Genesis, including the Akedah. These words remind us that no matter how strongly we feel about our principles, we cannot sacrifice our fellow human beings to realize them.

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Video: Learn About Parashat Vayeira with Bim Bam

VAYERA: Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah: How Abraham Bargained with God

Sodom was a town filled with wicked people who drank too much, got into mischief and who knows what else. God didn't like it and planned to destroy the city and everyone in it. But then, Abraham decided to try to bargain with God to save his beloved nephew, Lot. Find out what happens in this parashah video featuring "Unorthodox" podcast host Mark Oppenheimer. Enjoy this video and others from Bim Bam.

Listen to Podcasts About Parashat Vayeira

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat Vayeira in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

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