Tagged: Vayera

Vayera – Going the Extra Mile

I struggle to understand the first passage of Vayera, the passage illustrating Abraham’s enthusiastic hospitality and care for others. The Midrash notes that it was the third day since Abraham’s circumcision, when his pain...

Vayera – Responding to Crises

The Mishna in Avot teaches us that Abraham was tested with 10 ordeals. Those ranged from initial challenges to his monotheistic faith coming from the pagan society in which he lived, all the way...

Vayera – Considering Our Own

Lot lived in Sodom and was at the city gates when the two ‘angels’, having left Abraham, arrived in Sodom. Influenced by his upbringing in Abraham’s household Lot instinctively invited these visitors to dine...

Vayera – Lot did it first

The story of Lot’s encounter with the two angels in this week’s reading is a curious one. In our minds we tend to perceive Lot as an outsider, related to Abraham but not part...