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12th 1st Month 5769
6th April 2009
  • 18:1 The lord revealed Himself to him in the plains of
    Mamre. He was sitting in the entrance of the   tent as the day
    grew hot   
Posted Sun Nov 20 2011
Vayeira  "Revealed Himself" Genesis 18:1-22:24
  • Gen 19:30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, for he
    was afraid to live in Zoar. So he lived in a cave with his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn
    said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after
    the manner of all the earth. 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with
    him, that we may preserve offspring from our father.” 33 So they made their father drink
    wine that night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her father. He did not know when she
    lay down or when she arose

The girls seem from scripture that they genuinely thought that it was up to them to begin
repopulating and begin again. It this situation a result of ultimately ending up in situations that are
brought about by going our own ways and why Lot and his girls were now in this position think as
they were. The children born from them were Moav and Ammon. There people became the
Moabites and the Ammonites and are traditionally enemies of HaShem and Israel

  • Gen 19:36 Thus the two daughters of lot came to be with child by their father 37 the older
    one bore a son and named him Moav; he is the father of the Moabites of today 38 And the
    younger also bore a son, and she called him Ben-ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites
    of today

Isaac is Born; at last for Avraham and Sarah a child that they had been waiting for. It seemed an
impossible scenario that at almost 100 years they both could conceive a child together. YitZak
(Isaac) means laugh

  • Gen 21:4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God
    had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born
    to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh
    over me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse
    children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

We are all subject to the laws of nature and so all dream and have visions. We might not all have
prophetic ones of course and those in the Torah carry an important lesson to us on how the
creation was brought into being. Abraham was an individual and so was asked to sacrifice his
only son who he loved beyond imagination. In all our lives we dream and have and bad ones and
so how do we deal with them and what brings them about. It is fairly elementary that they can be
manifestation of our fears and anxieties from the previous day or aspects of our worst things
happening to us.

  • Gen 22:1 Some time afterward G-d put Avraham to the test. He said to him, "Avraham" and
    he answered, "Here I am" 2 And he said, "Take your son, your favoured son, Isaac, whom
    you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the
    heights that I will appoint to you

Why would a righteous God do such a thing? At the end of 22:1 above it says to "offer" him and not
make the sacrifice. HaShem saw that Abraham had "fear" for the Lord which means he upheld his
words to him. Fear of HaShem is the greatest walk that we can aspire to as individuals

Sarah was elevated before HaShem with the adjustment to her name and so what a great woman
and inspiration to all. I have often thought that Sarah is one of the most downplayed and forgotten
of all the figures from Torah. Look what she went through when they entered Egypt for the first
time. Everyone was a winner except her and all she wanted was to love HaShem, Avram and have
children. She worked relentlessly. I see the Torah as glorifying her...her beauty also. There is no
magic formula or word to say at an opportune moment. Such is the fallen state of man yet again
that houses will be divided and will be difficult for you to choose the truth (Torah) in many
countries. The Torah was handed down to Moshe' atop Sinai. Moshe' was the great teacher and
prophet who also foretold of the messiah to come. The bread is for you to receive willingly,
HaShem will not force feed it to you. If you are being forced to do something then that is not from
above but from below. HaShem however is not far from us if we seek with all our hearts and souls.
He is a God as he says below and so tests are to show what we should do and what to believe  

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Baruch HaShem
In this Torah portion, HaShem continues with his awesome lessons concerning the great prophet Abraham, the
Patriarch of Biblical Israel and his most blessed and loved wife Sarah. The many great theological teachings in
Vayeira is awesome, and one that is much deliberated and contested....the binding of Isaac. Through divine
intervention Avraham and Sarah are told they will have a son. As in everything we must seek HaShem's way for
everything and then we can see. Avraham was indeed inspired by the Ruach Hakodesh...the Spirit of G-d. His
level of prophecy and trust in HaShem came with his continually seeking and believing in the promises given

  • 18:2 looking up, he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance
    of the tent to greet them and bowing to the ground

Avraham accepted HaShem as the one deity as the passage above says to do. The prophetic visions and
dreams that Abraham experienced meant nothing unless he displayed understanding and love toward HaShem
by following through with his actions. The teaching model here demonstrates the laws of nature and tells us that
Abraham's prophetic experiences relates to the importance of satisfying HaShem that we will all do as he says
when he says to do it. Tests are "not" given as such that HaShem is a perverse God willing to put his people
through much evil for the fun of it. HaShem knows our hearts already. We ourselves and others need to see the
spirit of HaShem at work through an individual and also the blessings that come with such faith and trust wants
to know that you will do his will no matter how hard. We are living on his creation and he knows how we should
best live upon it. He is a holy God and so ordains us through his methods. No one was put through more at the
hands of "evil people" than Abraham. Sarah laughs to herself but HaShem could hear her; lest we circumcise
our hearts that we should be Holy before HaShem

  • Gen 18:9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord
    said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah
    was listening at the tent door behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The
    way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out,
    and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say,
    ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time
    I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I
    did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

HaShem in his compassion in dealing with corrupted communities gives each individual the opportunity to
repent from wickedness. Avraham pleads for the city of Sodom as the great people seem to do...plead for the
wicked. Here again we read that HaShem will listen to prayer. A minimum of ten was required by HaShem for the
town to be saved

  • Gen 18:32 And he said, let not my Lord be angry if i speak but this last time: What if ten should be found
    there? And he answered, I will not destroy for the sake of ten 33 When the lord had finished speaking to
    Avraham, he departed; and Avraham returned to his place

The proximity that Lot and Avraham have, seems to show a parallel in the Torah. Avraham seeking HaShem in all
things and Lot tempting fate at each corner of his journeys. When the Sodomites threaten to abuse the angelic
visitors (Gen 19:1) Lot offers his daughters in place of them. What might Lot's girls think of such a gesture.
Maybe Lot knew that the Sodomites would say no to the girls because of their orientations

  • Gen 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have not known a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you
    may do to them as you please; but not do anything to these men, since they have come under the shelter
    of my roof

After fleeing from the destruction of Sodom, Lot and his two daughters sought refuge in a cave. Whilst Abraham's
promise from HaShem remains intact and likewise the prophets camp, Lot, although not an enemy of Avraham
or HaShem is isolated and destitute with his girls having seen an almighty carnage take place in the area that he
was in. The Torah teaches not to have incestuous relations regarding father and daughter and here w read of the
misgivings of it....lack of blessings from above
Rabbi Chananya Ben
century CE)..Rabbi
Chananya Ben Tradyon,
one of the "Ten
Martyrs"  was
discovered by The
Romans teaching the
outlawed Torah. They
then wrapped him in a
then wrapped him in a
Torah scroll, piled
bundles of twigs
around him, and before
setting him afire they
placed damp woolen
cloths on him to
prolong the agony of
being burned to death.
As the flames engulfed
him, his disciples
asked him, "Master,
what do you see?"
Rabbi Chananya
replied: "I see a scroll
burning, but the letters
flying up to Heaven."
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