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Vaera Torah Portion Summary

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

God instructed Moses and his brother Aaron to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.

In order to do so, God first had Moses and Aaron demonstrate God’s power by turning a staff into a snake.

Pharaoh instructed his magicians to do the same, and was thus unimpressed, even when Aaron’s snake ate theirs.

Moses then dipped his staff into the Nile,  turning all of the water into blood.

Pharaoh dismissed this aswell, since his magicians were able to do the same.

Since Pharaoh’s heart was stiffened, God then brought frogs upon the land, and then vermin and insects.

With each plague, Pharaoh agreed to let the Israelites leave.

However, once the plague was lifted, his heart was hardened.

The Lord then struck all Egyptian livestock with disease, gave boils to all Egyptian people and caused deadly hail to fall upon them aswell.

Pharaoh was impressed with each of these acts, since his magicians were unable to reproduce them, but he remained stubborn and would not let the Israelites go.

Vayera Torah Portion Summary

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Abraham invited in three strangers into his tent, who turned out to be God’s angels, sent to tell him that Sarah was going to have a child.

After the guests left, Abraham learned of God’s plan to destroy the city of Sodom and pleaded with God not to destroy the city if there were at least 10 righteous people there.

After searching, there were not more than 10 righteous people in the city, so the angels told Lot to take his wife and daughters, leave the city and never look back.

While fleeing, Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt, and then his daughters, wanting to give their father descendants, got Lot drunk and slept with him, later giving birth to sons named Moab and Ben-Ami.

Abraham and Sarah journeyed to the land of Abimelekh, and since they pretended to siblings, Abimelekh took Sarah as his wife, which angered God.

Abimelekh pleaded with God not to hurt him, since he did not know that Sarah and Abraham were married, and God showed mercy on Abimelekh, who then gave Abraham and Sarah much wealth and sent them on their way.

After giving birth to Isaac, Sarah could no longer stand being with Hagar and Ishmael, and when Abraham reluctantly sent them away, God reminded Abraham and Hagar that Ishmael will be the father of a great nation, and they will be looked after.

Abraham heard God’s voice asking him to take Isaac to a mountain and sacrifice him, as a way of testing Abraham’s devotion to God.

Abraham was about to kill his son, when God stopped him, explaining that he believed in Abraham’s commitment, and allowed him to sacrifice a lamb instead.

Abraham, Isaac and their servants returned to their home in Beer Sheva.