Vayera: When the Divine Comes to the Door

Posted by Judy Klitsner on November 15, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, VaYera, Abraham


Parshat Vayera begins with God’s visit to Abraham, but the purpose of God’s visit is shrouded in mystery. In this week’s podcast, Judy Klitsner attempts to shed light on the encounter and considers its connections to the tough negotiations between Abraham and God over the fate of the evildoers in Sodom. Along the way, Judy takes a closer look at God’s choice of Abraham as progenitor of the Jewish nation.

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Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator

About Judy Klitsner

Judy has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis at Pardes for nearly two decades. A disciple of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the biblical text. Judy lectures internationally and is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Jewish Publication Society) which received the 2009 National Jewish book award for scholarship. Click here to read more.

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