Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vayera

On Saturday, I woke up with a throat that felt like sandpaper. This happens every year about this time. All the kids get sick with some kind of head cold, then Ishi (my husband), and last but not least, me. So I am hoping to recover over this next week. Please say a little prayer for this mama. I do an awful lot around here, and it usually takes me the longest to recover from illnesses.

Genesis19-17And now, onto this week’s parsha. This week we continue with the story of Abraham–and Lot, who got in with a bad crowd and is in danger of being destroyed along with all the other people of Sodom and Gemorra. You can read about their stories in Vayera –  Genesis 18:1-22:24.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 18:1-14 (14 p’sukim)

2: 18:15-33 (19 p’sukim)

3: 19:1-20 (20 p’sukim)

4: 19:21-21:4 (40 p’sukim)

5: 21:5-21 (17 p’sukim)

6: 21:22-34 (13 p’sukim)

7: 22:1-24 (24 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is II Kings 4:1 – 4:37.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team (this is for this week’s portion, in particular):

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

In addition, this week, if you would like to explore mussar (personal character development), I recommend starting here: http://rivertonmussar.org/
This week’s focus will be on the middah (virtue) of chesed or loving-kindness.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Chesed (Loving-kindness). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • Show a smile to at least five people today that you pass by today.
  • Lend an ear to someone that you know could use some company.
  • Make it a point to ask someone how his/her day is going — whether you know that person or not.
  • Give a genuine compliment to someone today.

Keep this card, because we will come back to it again in future weeks.

Blessings and Shalom,

S~