Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

18:1 When did G-d speak to Abraham? (Not looking for time of day)
What rule evolved from this?
Why did G-d appear to Abraham?
How do we know?
Who or what is Mamre?
Why did Abraham seek his advice?
What was his advice?
Why does the Torah mention Mamre’s property?
Why was Abraham sitting at the entrance of his tent?
Why does the Torah mention “in the heat of the day”?
18:2 Why were there three angels?
What were their missions?
How do we know?
Why does the Torah state “in front of him” using “over him” in the Hebrew?
18:1-2 What are the general rules about going to perform mitzvot and leaving after performing them?
Which is the greater mitzvah, greeting guests or greeting the Divine Presence?
18:3 If there were three angels why is the singular verb used in this verse?
What are two interpretations of this verse?
18:7 Who is the youth?
18:15 What do we learn about true friendship from this verse?
18:16 What does “gazing” indicate in Scripture?
What does “to send them off” mean?
18:21 What does this verse have to do with issuing verdicts in capital cases?
18:23 What does “Abraham came forward” teach us?
18:26 What does “the entire place” teach us?
18:33 Why does the verse make a point of saying that “G-d departed?
What does “and Abraham returned to his place” teach us?
19:1 Why were there two angels?
Why did the angels take so long to travel from Hebron to Sodom?
Why was Lot sitting at the gate?
19:2 What does “turn about” tell us?
What do we learn from “and they said no”?
Why did he bake matzos?
19:4 What does “that we may know them” mean?
19:15 Why was Lot rushed out of Sodom at the crack of dawn? (Not so he shouldn’t be seen)
19:16 Why did Lot delay in leaving?
19:17 What do we learn about focusing our life from this verse?
19:22 Why is “for I cannot” (singular ) used here?
Why did he call the name of the city Zoar?
19:26 Why was Lot’s wife’s specific punishment to be a pillar of salt?
19:29 What was the “remembrance of Abraham”?
19:33 Where did the wine come from and why?
19:37-38 What do the names of the children indicate?
20:7 What does “for he is a prophet” mean?
What is an aylonis?
21:1 On what holiday is this portion read?
Why is this verse next to the incident of Avimelech?
21:6 What does “will laugh for me” mean?
Why did Sarah say ”whoever hears will mock me” and not “whoever sees will mock
me”?
21:7 Why does the verse use “children” if Isaac was her only child?
Why did this not happen sooner?
21:8 What made the feast great?
21:12 What do we learn from this verse?
21:14 Why didn’t Abraham also give them silver and gold?
What does “she went and strayed” mean?
21:17 What do we learn from this verse?
21:33 what does “eshel” mean?
21:34 How many is “many days”?
22:1 How many times did G-d test Abraham?
22:2 Why did G-d not mention Isaac at the beginning?
22:3 What does “arose early” teach us?
Why did he have two young men accompany him?
What do we learn from this?
22:6 What religious belief do we derive from this verse?
22:8 What does”and the two of them went together” mean?
22:9 What physical position is the “binding”?
22:11 Why is Abraham’s name mentioned twice?
22:14 What does “this day” refer to?
22:23 Why is this verse in this section of the Torah?

Additional items for discussion:
How old was Isaac at the time of the Akeida?
How could Isaac not know what Abraham was going to do?
Why isn’t Isaac mentioned as returning with Abraham?
Did Abraham actually kill him?
Did Abraham pass or fail the test?

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