Parashat Vayera

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.

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Questions For Discussion

1. Why does Abraham argue with God over the righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah, but not over sending Hagar and Ishmael away or the notion of using his son Isaac as an offering? Do you ever argue with God? How?

2. When Hagar and Ishmael are sent away by Abraham, why does he only give them bread and water? What would you have done in the same situation?

3. God appears to Abimelekh in a dream. Has God ever appeared to you in a dream? In what way?

4. There are many angels of God in this portion. What exactly is an angel of God? Have you ever met an angel of God? When?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

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