Parsha Vayera Discussion Questions

As part of our Book of Bereshit (Genesis) Engagement Project, as we read from the Book of Bereshit,  every week we will be posting discussion questions that we hope families will use to discuss the Torah portion over Shabbat, as well as either a video D’var Torah or a unique Camp Ramah parsha quiz.

This week’s discussion questions were  developed by this past summer’s Machon campers, when they were in Shoafim.   We encourage you to post any of your family’s answers to the questions in the comments section below.


Parsha Vayera Discussion Questions

Developed by:

Alex Bauman, Matt Lavine, Claire Shoyer, Hadassah Riemer, and Leanne Young


We felt as if God violated some part of the rainbow promise that we learned about in Parshat Noach by destroying Sodom and Gamorrah. One of the things that was particularly difficult was the idea that children were killed. Those children could have changed and it may have been their parents’ fault that they were killed.

  • Why do you think Abraham cared so much about Sodom and Gamorrah?
  • Why may God have not tried to change Sodom and Gamorrah like God did with the story of the tower of Bavel?
  • Why didn’t God give Sodom and Gamorrah a warning instead of just destroying them right away?
  • Why and how were the people so evil?
  • Why do you think Lot’s wife looked back? Why is it significant that she turned into a pillar of salt?

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