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

Genesis 18:1–22:24

When Is Vayeira Read?

/ 20 Heshvan 5784
/ 15 Heshvan 5785
/ 17 Heshvan 5786


  • 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

Cultivating Hope

By: Rabbi Stacy Rigler

The portion Vayeira (God appeared) provides us with several examples of how we can change our world. This portion contains pain and turmoil including infertility, destruction of an entire community, the abandonment of a young mother and her child, and a test of faith through child sacrifice.

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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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