Genesis 18:1-22:24


In this Torah portion, three guests arrive at Abraham and Sarah’s tent. They inform Abraham that God will give the elderly Sarah a child. The prophecy comes true, and they name their son Isaac. God informs Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah will be destroyed, though Abraham attempts to convince God otherwise. God tells Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obliges but is told that it was a test of faith and offers a ram to sacrifice instead.

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Ram from the Akedah
Ram from the Akedah


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Choosing Man
Rabbi Menachem Evan-Israel, Hillel

Challenging the Heavens
Alana Alpert, AJWS

Seeing The Ram
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Blessings for All
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS

And God Took Note?
Rabbi William Dreski, Union for Reform Judaism

Alone in the Wilderness
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS


Service And Community–In The Desert
Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett,


The Sin of Sodom
Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Honesty As A Form Of Idolatry
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

A Lesson in Hospitality
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

The Needs of Home and Community
Rabbi Joshua Heller, Jewish Theological Seminary

Autonomy Vs. Heteronomy
Irwin Kula, CLAL

Laughing At Logic
Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Orthodox Union

Violence Against Women
Judith Plaskow, Women of Reform Judaism

Family and Fun


Parashat Vayera Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Vayera Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Vayera for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Being Absolutely Honest
Torah Topics for Today


Avoiding Hurting Words
Torah Topics for Today


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