Parashah VaYera Complete

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Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

1 Kings 4:1-37

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This Parashah covers the hospitality that Abraham showed to his visitors, the saving of Lot, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the promise of a child to Abraham, the birth of Isaac, and the binding of Isaac.

It's also about how the Memra of YAH revealing himself to Abraham and how Abraham interceded on behalf of Lot. The Binding of Isaac is one of the most important readings in Judaism they read it over 367 times during the whole year, every day during the morning prayers also during the feast of Yom Teruah is second reading of the feast. This torah portion is important because it points to Messiah and how Yeshua would carry the wood like Isaac did.

The above portions focus in some of the following topics:

In the Torah Nugget we will be focusing in on Genesis 18 and what it meant for Abraham and his descendants to "do righteousness and justice". This motif carries on throughout the Torah and failure to perform it was the major reason why Israel was sent into exile. It was also prophesied to be what Yeshua would/will do, establish justice and righteousness.

In the 2015 Portion our focus will continue with presenting the Concept of Honor and Shame. The chapters in this portion cover almost all the aspects attached to this topic.
-Ascribed Honor
-Acquired Honor
-Challenge and Riposte
-Maintaining of Honor by means of an Oath

In the Brit Portion, we will revisit the concept of righteousness and justice that is a theme found throughout Scripture and will connect it with the injustice and unrighteousness of Sodom which is a theme connected later to Israel's lack of righteousness and justice and how Yeshua is the one who came to restore righteousness and justice!

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
  • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

44 thoughts on “Parashah VaYera Complete”

  1. Samantha Peterson

    Shalom! I am happy to have joined & have already been greatly blessed by part 1 of the Torah portion. I really appreciate great teachings from Rico. Looking forward to diving deeper. Blessings!

  2. I am getting this error when trying to download the 2014-2015 portion (and it is deducting from my total available as well, 3 so far):
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    I tried a different browser and am still getting the error. Thanks!

  3. Todah Rabah Rico!
    I sure appreciate the way you incorporate many resources into your teachings, especially for someone like me that cannot afford to purchase them all 😀
    I also loved the prayer at the end where יהוה Yehôvâh gives the nation Israel HIS heart <3 Any chance you could share this in written form?!?

  4. Shalom Rico, I am really enjoying the Torah teaching. I seem to be going through hurdle after hurdle but the joy of the L-RD is my strength! Can you please tell me how to get full secreen of your teachings? I could before but not now. Thank you.

  5. 2015 Torah Teachers;

    just want to say again how much I appreciate the rich pictures you have on your site with the different lessons. Really, is very complementary to the excelance of your teachings.


  6. Daniel, I had to listen to your teaching more than once to BEGIN to understand this concept of honor and shame. The notes were a BIG help as I followed along.
    May I suggest that you all have notes or better yet a transcript for us who need it.
    I am learning more each year to honor HIM because of you.
    Thank you.

    1. Linda, I am glad the notes were a help!
      May I suggest going though any of my, Rico’s or Ryan’s full series on just honor and shame. This will help as you go through the separate portions where we touch on certain aspects within the portions.

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