The Torah Portion for this Shabbat is Vayeira

The Torah reading for this week’s Shabbat is Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24). It includes the stories of the destruction of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah, of the birth of Isaac and the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael, and the near sacrifice of Isaac.

The Haftarah is II Kings 4:1-37. It tells stories about two miracles of the prophet Elisha: How he enabled a widow to avoid having to surrender her two children to slavery because of her debts; and how he resurrected the apparently dead son of a woman who, like Abraham’s wife Sarah, conceived the child in her old age.

The painting shown here is “The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah” by John Martin (1852).