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Chumash Classes: Parsha Vayeira

In-Depth Study of the Weekly Torah Portion

52:32
Introduction to the portion of Vayeira
Chp. 18 verses 1-3: Hashem visits Avraham on the third day after his circumcision. He looks up and sees three men coming towards him and he invites them to be his guests.
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52:20
Avraham has three men/angels as guests
Chp. 18 verses 3-8: Continues with Avraham serving the three men/angels a meal.
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57:31
The angel blesses Sara with a son and she laughs
Chp. 18 verses 9 - 25: The angel blesses Sara with a son and she laughs. Hashem tells Avraham that he will have a son, and questions Sara's laughter. Avraham confronts her about her laughter and she denies it. The guests leave and Hashem appears to Avraham to inform him of the destruction of Sodom and its inhabitants. Avraham begins his plea for the cities.
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53:13
The Destruction of Sodom and Amora
Ch. 18, verse 26 – Ch. 19, verse 11: Continues with Avraham’s impassioned plea to Hashem on behalf of the people of Sodom. The chapter ends with him accepting G-d's decision and returning to his place. Chapter 18 begins with the angels coming to Sodom and being invited to the home of Lot. While they are there the people of the city surround his house and demand that he give his guests to them for immoral purposes. Lot goes out and tries to reasson with them but to no avail. He is pulled back into the house by the angels who proceed to blind all the people who are surrounding his house.
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48:27
Avrahams impassioned plea to Hashem on behalf of the people of Sodom
Chp. 18 verse 26 - Chp. 19 verse 11: Continues with Avrahams impassioned plea to Hashem on behalf of the people of Sodom. The chapter ends with him accepting G-d's decision and returning to his place. Chp. 18 begins with the angels coming to Sodom and being invited to the home of Lot. While they are there the people of the city surround his house and demand that he give his guests to them for immoral purposes. Lot goes out and tries to reason with them but to no avail. He is pulled back into the house by the angels who proceed to blind all the people who are surrounding his house.
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59:00
Avraham’s Second Descent to Egypt
Ch. 19, verse 1 – Ch. 20, verse 6: Avraham and Sarah go to Gerar, where he experiences another of his ten tests. Sarah is abducted by Avimelech the king of Gerar. The king is warned by Hashem to release her. His whole household is plagued because of her. The king releases her with lavish gifts. Avraham prays for him, and then he and his household are cured. Chapter 20 begins with Hsshem remembering Sarah and she gives birth to Yitzchok. Avraham who is one hundred years old, circumcises him on the eighth day of his birth and names him Yitzchok.
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55:37
Yitzchak, Yishmael, and the Treaty with Avimelech
Ch. 21, verses 6 - 34: Continues with the weaning of Yitzchok. Next is the test of sending away Yishmael. Chapter ends with the treaty with Avimelech.
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52:49
The Akeida (1)
Ch. 22, verses 1 - 5: Overview, the request of Hashem to Avraham to bring Yitzchok up as a sacrifice. They reach the mountain and are about to ascend.
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54:16
The Akeida (2)
Ch. 22, verses 6 - 24: Continues with the “Binding of Yitzchok." Avraham is told not to sacrifice Yitzchok, that Hashem only wanted him brought up on the alter. Avraham then brings a ram in lieu of Yirzchok. They then return to Be'er Sheva. The portion ends with the birth of Rivkah.
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