This Parasha begins with 3 Malajim (angels) who visit Abraham on the 3rd day after his Brit Mila. Abraham, despite his pain, and eager to fulfill the mitzva of hospitality, goes out of his tent to receive these special “guests”, who he thought were just ordinary people walking through the desert.
One of these Malajim, tells Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a boy next year! And Sarah laughs.... and Hashem asks Abraham: Is there anything that is impossible for Hashem?
The angels leave, and go on their way to the city of Sodom to destroy it, fulfilling an order from Hashem to do so. And Abraham pleads before Hashem to save the city of Sodom from destruction....
When the angels arrive to Sodom, they stay at Lot´s home (Abraham´s nephew). The wicked neighbors demand that Lot hands in his visitors so they can abuse them!!! But Lot denies them. And the angels flee from Sodom, rescuing Lot, his wife and two daughters.
Hashem rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from out of heaven. Hashem turned over these cities and the entire plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and the vegetation of the ground.
Lot’s wife violates this command, looks back to witness Hashem´s destruction of Sodom, and turns into a pillar of
Believing that “there is not a man left alive on the earth” the daughters of Lot get their father drunk and lie with him, both becoming pregnant.
They conceive Moab and Ammon, giving birth to 2 nations forbidden to join the people of Israel.
Abraham and Sarah emigrate to Gerar. Abraham introduces Sarah as his sister, and king Avimelech takes her to his palace. But Hashem, through a dream, tells Avimelech that he will be punished for having taken Sarah, although he never touched her.
Sarah is returned, untouched, to Abraham with much apologies and gifts from the repentant king.
Exactly one year after the angel announced to Abraham that Sarah will give birth to a child, Itzjak, in the year 2048 is born!! And he was circumcised at 8 days old. Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90.
As Itzjak was growing up, Sarah realized that Ishmael was a bad example for her son. And asked Abraham to banish Hagar and her son from her house. Abraham accepts.
As Hagar and Ishmael wander in the desert heat, they run out of water. Hagar walks away from her dying son and prays to Hashem. Hashem hears her cry and shows her a well for her thirsty son. Hashem sends an angel to tell Hagar that Ishmael will not die and that he will become a father of a great nation.
The last chapter of the Parasha narrates about Abraham´s last test:
Hashem tested Abraham´s devotion and asked him to sacrifice his son Itzjak at the age of 37.
Abraham obeyed and when he was about to sacrifice him, he heard the voice of an angel: "... Abraham, do not stretch out your hand to the young man, and do not do anything to him, for now I know how fearful of Hashem you are. "And he refrained from beheading him, and in turn he beheaded a ram.”
Hashem blesses Abraham and his descendants!!
Vayeira concludes with report of a granddaughter born to Abraham’s brother Nachor, named Rifka (destined to become Itzjak´s wife).
SHABAT SHALOM !!