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Parashat Vayera is the 4th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
Vayera (“He Appeared”) opens as guests inform Abraham that Sarah will give birth. Despite Abraham’s attempts to convince God otherwise, God destroys the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sarah gives birth to Isaac, and Abraham sends away Hagar and Ishmael. At God’s command, Abraham prepares to sacrifice Isaac, but an angel of God tells Abraham to offer a ram instead. 
Haftarah for Ashkenazim: II Kings 4:1-37 · 37 p’sukim
Haftarah for Sephardim: II Kings 4:1-23 · 23 p’sukim