Please join our family in studying the Scriptures for this week’s Parashah Vayera, which means “He Appeared.”
- Torah: Genesis 18:1-22:24
- Haftarah: II Kings 4:1–37
- B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
- Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels): Luke 2:1-38
- Iggerot (Letters): 2 Peter 2:4–11
Parashah in a Nut Shell: In this week’s Parashah, G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the his circumcision at age ninety-nine. Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah responds by laughing.
Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive and Lot extends his hospitality to them; as well as, protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys and looks back at the burning city as they flee.
While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.
Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G‑d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.
G‑d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.
Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert. G‑d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba and Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.
G‑d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place. Abraham receives the news of the birth of a daughter, Rebecca, to his nephew Bethuel.
Study Aids, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:
- Audio of Torah Parashah
- YMTOI Parashah Pearls for Vayera (Has Snack and Craft Ideas)
- Torah Explorers
- Adult Study
- Torah Class for Ch. 18, Ch. 19, Ch. 20, Ch. 21, Ch. 22
- Video: Context for Kids – Vayera
- Video: Torah for Children – Vayera
- Video: The Parsha Experiment: – Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence
- Video: Shaboom! Hachnasat Orchim: How to Make People Feel Welcome (Hachnasat orchim is the Jewish value of making guests feel welcome.)
- Video: Shalom Sesame: Abraham and the Three Visitors
- Song: Three Guests Are Coming to Visit Us
- Song: Home, Home in My Tent
- Craft: Welcome Mat
- Craft: Salt Art – Lot’s Wife
- Snack: Roasted Pepper Dips
- Snack: Homemade Matzah with Butter
- Snack: Barley Cake
- Activity: Washing of Feet (Genesis 18:4)
- Activity: Teaching Children About Hospitality
- Homeschool Connection:
- Language Arts: Write an essay on what it means to practice haschanasat orchim or hospitality. What can we do to make guests welcome in our home?
- Copy Work: Copy Genesis 18:3 in your best handwriting. Worksheet – gen183
- Social Studies – Research the timeframe of the Parashah and add the following elements of the Parashah to your timeline – the 3 visitors, Isaac’s birth, destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Hagar and Ishmael are banished, and the binding of Isaac. Label your map the ancient middle east with Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Science: Video – What is Sulfur? Read: Sulfur Facts Video – Sulfur Experiment Either write an essay or give an oral presentation on what you have learned about sulfur.
- Art: Video- Where does a Shofar Come From and How is it made? Coloring Page
- Music: Learn the songs listed above. Video – Learn to play the shofar.
- Hebrew Lesson – Dalet