Vayeira by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

My name is Metatron; perhaps you have heard of me, perhaps not. The mysteries of the Lord God’s heaven are not common knowledge. Know, Mortal Reader, that I am at once the most majestic and powerful of God’s angels; indeed, some Kabbalistic commentators place me secondary only to Him.

Vayeira by David Hartley Mark

Synopsis: Moses and Aaron confront Pharaoh—which one? Ramsses II, Thutmose III, perhaps even Hatshepsut, the Woman Pharaoh—the actual identity is not important to the Torah Narrative, which never gives more details than are considered necessary to tell the Story. The Theme is Clash of the Titans, in this case between Adon-i, God of the Israelites, […]

Voices Off: The Lesser-Known Voices of Parshat Vayera by David Hartley Mark

Angel of Sarah’s Annunciation: We angels are formed of heavenly aether, and exist only to perform God’s will: we get one mission each; that is all. I was happy to carry out my task: that is, to tell Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, after all their years of waiting and yearning. […]

Vayeira: Where Angels Fear to Tread by David Hartley Mark

Call me Matspuniel—a long enough name for an Archangel, but I am a recent Creation of the Lord; my name means “Conscience of God,” and it is my duty to flit betwixt Heaven and Earth and report on the doings of creatures celestial and earthly, both; all creatures, great and small. I serve only at […]

Voices Off: The Lesser-Known Voices of Parshat Vayeira

Angel of Sarah’s Annunciation: We angels are formed of heavenly aether, and exist only to perform God’s will. I was happy to carry out my task: that is, to tell Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child, after all their years of waiting and yearning. Sarah laughed with joy—what else could she do, […]