II Kings 4:1-37

Haftarah for Vayera

The prophet Elisha performs two miracles.

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The boy's body begins to warm. Elisha gets up, walks around and lies on top of the boy again. The boy sneezes seven times and opens his eyes, revived. Elisha summons the boy's mother who falls at Elisha's feet again and then leaves with her son.

Connection to Vayera

Many of the themes in Parshat Vayera also appear in the haftarah. Hakhnasat orhim, welcoming guests, is a prominent feature in both Vayera and in the stories of Elisha's miracles. In both stories, a messenger of God comes to a childless woman (Sarah and the Shunamite woman) and tells her that she will soon give birth. Both messages are skeptically received, but both women ultimately have sons.

Finally, and perhaps most poignantly, both the Torah portion and the haftarah close with stories of sons who miraculously survive what would otherwise be a deadly experience. Isaac is almost sacrificed by his father on top of Mount Moriah, but is saved at the last minute by an angel and a strategically-placed ram. The Shunamite boy dies but is revived by a prophet and his prayer.

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