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Parashat Vayeira (November 12, 2011)
by Missy Bell

THE TORAH PORTION Vayeira is full of important stories. Vayeira begins with three angels visiting Abraham. His welcoming response is from where the Jewish value of hachnassat orchim (“welcoming the guests”) is derived. The angels then tell Sarah that she is going to have a child. Next we encounter the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham’s attempt to find righteous people in the cities. Finally, Sarah gives birth to Isaac, and we have one of the most well-known stories in the Torah, when Abraham nearly sacrifices his own son.

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