Things started to go
wrong for the Pharaoh and he blamed it on Avram and Sarai, he told them to leave, but they
could keep the gifts that they had been given.
When Avram returned
to Canaan he was a very wealthy man, but things were the same between Avram
and Lot. Avram quarreled with Lot and there was trouble with the men who tended
Avram's cattle and the
people who did the same for Lot.
told Lot that
they should not quarrel because there was so much land he would take half and Lot would
have the other half. Lot could see the part that he would be given was the plain of the
Jordan River, which was green and had water for his cattle. He thanked Avram
goodbye. Lot pitched his tent near the city of Sodom. The people of Sodom and the twin
city of Gomorrah were wicked people and there was a war and Lot and all he owned
were captured. Avram rescued Lot, his goods and all his followers from the people of
After Avram had
lived in Canaan for ten years his wife Sarai too Hagar and Egyptian to be her slave. She
gave him to Avram to have his child. Hagar became pregnant and Sarai became jealous of
her. Hagar ran away and an angel of HaShem told her to return to Sarai and obey her. Hagar
was told that she would have uncountable descendants. She was told to name him Ishmael.
becomes Abraham - Sarai becomes Sarah
Avram was unhappy
because Sarai had no children and he was ninety-nine years old and Sarai was ninety. One
day HaShem spoke to him and said, "No longer will you be called Avram
but Abraham, for you are the father of many nations. I will give you the land of Canaan. Your wife
Sarai, shall now be called Sarah. I will bless her she will have a son and become the
mother of kings."
Abraham laughed. "But we are to old to have a son," he
"It shall happen," HaShem told him, "and because you could laugh at my
words you shall call your son Isaac which means 'he who will laugh.'"
Abraham that as a sign of the covenant between them that all males
should be circumcised and throughout the generations males shall
be circumcised when they are eight days old. (This tradition is
still observed today.)
Fulfillment of the Covenant
ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised. Abraham and all of his male servants were
circumcised on that day that Abraham and HaShem spoke.
Parsha : VaYera
Genesis 18:1 - 22:24
Week's Haftara: II Kings 4.1-37 (Sephardi Tradition: II Kings 4.1-23)