Vayera (“He Appeared”) opens as guests inform Abraham that Sarah will give birth. Despite Abraham’s attempts to convince God otherwise, God destroys the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sarah gives birth to Isaac, and Abraham sends away Hagar and Ishmael. At God’s command, Abraham prepares to sacrifice Isaac, but an angel of God tells Abraham to offer a ram instead.
In the Haftorah, Elisha helps a prophet’s widow. Later, he intercedes for a Shunamite woman that she have a son. The boy dies and Elisha resurrects him.
In the Apostolic Writings, Messiah declares that the Kingdom of Heaven is among the people. He also warns that the Great Day of Judgement will come suddenly like it did with Sodom and Gomorrah.
The fourth portion of the book of Beresheet/Genesis is Vayera, which means “He Appeared.” This is the 4th of 54 Torah Portions.
TORAH: Genesis 18:1-22:24
HAFTORAH: 2 Kings 4:1-37
APOSTOLES: Luke 17:20-37
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