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VAYEIRA – “He appeared”

The Fourth section of the Book of Genesis continues to chronicle Abraham.

The name of this week’s portion, VAYEIRA is its first word. Describing G-d’s revelation to Abraham after his circumcision.

It was the third day after Abrahams circumcision, that G-d appeared to him, paying a visit to the sick.

G-d appeared to Abraham…. (18:1)

G-ds self-revelation to Abraham was on a fundamentally higher plane than His previous appearances to him. By circumcising himself in response to G-ds command, Abraham became the first human being to surrender his selfhood entirely to G-d.

Abraham could now experience G-d directly, without his ego getting in the way. Thus, Abraham’s circumcision paved the way for the giving of the Torah, through which his self-transparency became the hallmark of Jewish existence.

This means that by accepting the Torah from G-d and committing ourselves to living according to His vision for us, we can remove all barriers between G-d and ourselves. This in turn, enables G-d to reveal Himself in our lives in increasingly tangible ways.

Living with our Patriarchs and Matriarchs during these Torah reading weeks, gives us the chance to internalise real and relevant messages within our own and families lives.

Have a wonderful Shabbat and successful week to follow.