Parshat Vayera – Why was Ishmael Expelled from the House of Abraham?

We’re starting a new series of classes on the weekly parsha!  This week, we look into the text and some medrashim on the story of the expulsion of Ishmael and Hagar from the house of Abraham.  Why was Ishmael expelled for laughing, and who was he laughing at?  Why was Sarah so upset at Ishmael’s actions, and why was she so concerned about Isaac’s “inheritance”?  Why is this story eerily similar to a story from five chapters earlier?

For a discussion of all these questions and more, click below:

Parsha 2013 – Vayera – Expulsion of Ishamel

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