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Parashat Vayeira (October 31, 2015)
by Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley

PARASHAT VAYEIRA picks up right in the middle of the story of the lives of Abraham and Sarah. However, this couple is not middle age. Sarah is 90 years old, Abraham is 100, and they are childless. But their lives change suddenly, when three mysterious strangers arrive at their tent, and the couple graciously and enthusiastically welcomes them in with food and a place to rest underneath a tree. With Sarah presumably out of earshot, the three strangers inform Abraham that his wife will bear a son within the next year. This is not radical news to Abraham, as God already has assured him that Sarah would give birth to a son, ensuring the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham.

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