Parsha Q&A - Vayera
For the week ending 18 Cheshvan 5756; 10 & 11 November 1995
- In the beginning of the Parsha, why did Hashem appear to Avraham?
- Why was Avraham sitting at the entrance to his tent?
- What were the missions of the three angels?
- Why did Avraham enjoin the guests to wash the dust off their feet?
- Why did Avraham ask Yishmael to prepare the food for the guests?
- The angels asked Avraham where Sarah was. Why?
- When Hashem related Sarah's thoughts to Avraham, He did not relate them precisely. Why?
- What "cry" from Sodom came before Hashem?
- How many angels went to Sodom?
- Why was Lot sitting at the gate of Sodom?
- Lot served the angels matzos. Why?
- Why did Lot delay when he left Sodom?
- Why were Lot and his family not permitted to look back at Sodom?
- "A pillar of salt." Why was Lot's wife punished in this peculiar way - to be salt?
- In what merit did Hashem save Lot?
- Why did Avraham relocate after the destruction of Sodom?
- Why did Avimelech give gifts to Avraham?
- Why was Avraham told to listen to Sarah?
- Why did Hashem listen to the prayer of Yishmael and not to that of Hagar?
- Who accompanied Avraham and Yitzchak to the Akeidah (binding)?
Avraham had received a command to sacrifice Yitzchak directly
from Hashem. Yitzchak had only heard it from his father. Yet,
"they went both of them together (22:6)" with the same
zeal and determination.
Rav Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
- The Love of Kindness
- For the Sake of Peace
- Sarah's Laughter
- Lot's Disgrace
- The Meaning of a Trial
- The Promise of Eternity
- The Love of Kindness
- Lot's Reasoning
- The Nature of the Wicked
- Meaning Well
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 18:1 - Avraham was sick, so Hashem came to 'visit' him.
- 18:1 - He was looking for guests.
- 18:2 - To announce that Sarah would give birth, to heal Avraham and to destroy Sodom.
- 18:4 - He thought they were Arabians who worshipped the dust, and he didn't want any object of idolatry in his home.
- 18:7 - To train him in the performance of mitzvos.
- 18:9 - To call attention to Sarah's modesty, so as to endear her to her husband.
- 18:13 - For the sake of peace.
- 18:21 - The cry of a girl who was put to death for giving food to a poor man.
- 19:1 - Two; one to destroy the city and one to save Lot.
- 19:1 - He was a judge.
- 19:3 - It was Passover.
- 19:16 - He lingered to save his property.
- 19:17 - Since they too really should have been punished, it wasn't fitting for them to witness the destruction of Sodom.
- 19:26 - She had refused to give the guests salt.
- 19:29 - Lot had protected Avram by concealing from the Egyptians that Sarai was Avram's wife.
- 20:1 - Because travel in the region ceased and Avraham could no longer find guests.
- 20:14 - So that Avraham would pray for him.
- 21:12 - Because she was greater in prophecy.
- 21:17 - Because the prayer of a sick person is more readily accepted than the prayer of others on his behalf.
- 22:3 - Yishmael and Eliezer.
Sarah didn't lie. She didn't laugh out loud, but only within
herself. Still, Hashem chastised her because a person is held
accountable even for improper thoughts.
Written and Compiled by Rabbi Eliyahu Kane
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