* Torah portion " VAYERA " and

 weekly words of Rabbi Yosef 

Geisinsky / England 

The Jewish task since the days of
 Abraham is not to ascend to heaven
 but to bring heaven down to earth
 in simple deeds of
 kindness and hospitality.

ט״ו בְּחֶשְׁוָן תשע״ד
15th of Cheshvan, 5774
  • Saturday, 19 October 2013 

The fates of Abraham and Sarah as compared to 
Sodom teach us that ethics, not power, 
determines the future

Why do certain nations thrive, while others disappear? Pundits and historians will tell you about political, economic and military factors.
However, our Torah informs us that ethical factors are far more consequential. Powerful nations fall if they are immoral, while weak ones succeed if they maintain moral excellence.
Chosen or Condemned
The Hebrew word tzachak, meaning to laugh, is employed several times in Parashat Vayera, most notably in relation to the birth and naming of our patriarch Yitzchak [Isaac]. The term is also used when Lot tells his sons-in-law that their home city of Sodom is about to be destroyed. They do not believe him, for his words are "like a joke (kimitzacheik) in their eyes.MORE>

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.
As Abraham was sitting before his tent, after having
circumcised himself, God appeared.
Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw three men standing 

there Abraham invited them to come in and made a

 fine meal for them. One of the men said that Sarah

 would have a son by the time he returns to their tent.

 Sarah heard this comment and laughed to herself,

 saying, “Oh, that I shall have the greatest fulfillment

 now that I am already worn out and my husband is 

an old man!”More






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This week's haftarah contains two stories
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In the first story an unnamed woman,
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