Our friends at G-dcast offer up this great video about Abraham’s Tent. This video can start a great conversation about heroes, leaders and God.
In the beginning of this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Vayera, three men (aka angels) appear at Abraham’s tent. Abraham immediately runs to greet them, bow to them, and feed them.
With the birth of Isaac, Abraham and Sarah have started their own family. Unfortunately, it’s not all smooth sailing. Abraham is commanded to sacrifice his son. Lot’s city is destroyed. And Ishmael and Hagar are banished.
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This week Abraham is commanded to kill his son, Isaac. Moments before the deed is done, an angel appears and stops Abraham from sacrificing Isaac. Abraham looks up and sees a ram, which he then sacrifices. Click on the PDF to download a printer-friendly version.
There are tremendous highs and tremendous lows in this week’s Torah reading. From the birth of Yitzchak to his sacrifice, the destruction or Sodom and the banishment of Yishmael and Hagar, the action does not stop.
In this week’s parsha, Abraham is a role model for us in his welcoming the angels (whom he thought were just passers-by). He offers them a place to rest, some shade, food and drinks. But what is really inspiring is the haste with which he accomplishes this hachnasat orchim (the mitzvah of welcoming in guests and people traveling by).