Reply, Why didn't Hashem fill the people of Sodom with Tikun? 1 In both texts, the sin of homosexuality and its judgment is a primary theme. 10 But the men(R) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by Jacobz de Wet/Wikipedia/Public Domain According to archaeologists working on the site believed to include the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, they found evidence confirming the Biblical record that the two cities were destroyed by sulphur and fire: 23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came… Reply, Your question is excellent! choice." Eventually the people’s treatment of merchants, transients, the homeless, the downtrodden and the needy became heartless and viciously cruel. Perhaps it was the Talmudic take on Sodom that inspired David Ricardo, a great Jewish economist, to come up with his highly influential theory of competitive advantage, which explains why specializing and trading is beneficial not only for individuals but for nations as well. 31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. No one would accept anything from anyone else. And so the prophet Yechezkel (Ezekiel) describes the sin of Sodom as “arrogance,” saying, “She and her daughters had plenty of bread and untroubled tranquility, yet she did not support the poor and the needy.”12. Certainly there were many detestable sins in Sodom and her daughter cities. Yet deeper: the need to need others.but in every aspect of life. That’s the central point of the story with Lot, Abraham’s nephew who lived in Sodom. Make yourself a person who is needed, and you will acquire at least one true friend. See more. Let’s go back briefly to the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. © Copyright, all rights reserved. That is why - absent Abraham's intercession for the residents of S'dom - Lot would have been incinerated along with other S'domites. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. Rather, the Sodomites who surrounded Lot's house wanted the visitors sent out to them, so that "we may know them", i.e., so we may abuse them sexually. One day he discovers that some homeless individual is camping out on it. There was one person everyone respected, and that was Abraham—Lot’s uncle and brother-in-law. . All have in common one thing: They all need one another for their own wholeness. And, where research lab managers see a need for collaboration with a competitor, when that's likely to benefit both, that collaboration is likely to occur. They simply had to embrace Jewish practices. Being merciful to genocidal murderers is simply wrong. Well, they weren’t hospitable. Your statement, "they clearly need each other" is not necessarily true. Rather, the Talmud uses the term “Sodomite attitude” to describe an extreme form of isolationism. The A-mighty sends into the World those morally deficient, to challenge us. “If not Now.....then When” If Hashem could lead Israel out of Egypt, couldn't Hashem teach Tikun to those in Sodom? It doesn't seem that the people of Sodom has any choice but to die. Police officers and those in the military sometimes must kill to save themselves and/or others. Sodom and Gomorrah involved an attempted gang rape, not a loving relationship. But why? Other instances are scattered throughout the Talmud, and also discussed in later halachic works. Reply, B"H well wriiten and complete. A complete discussion can be found in Encyclopedia Talmudit, s.v. This is not Karaism or Protestant Reform, where every student can go back to the text and read whatever feels right to him. If, however, a person discovers that his grand-father was one of these Jewish children - brought up by Christians - and that person's mother is not Jewish, then her child is not Jewish. That's what makes Judaism so resilient and potent at all times, in all places.I should also note that the fate of the generation of the Flood was similarly sealed singularly on חמס —robbery: "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth has become full of robbery because of them, and behold I am destroying them from the earth." Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. Some of those kids were so young, they did not know they were Jewish. [f](AL)), 23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,(AM) the sun had risen over the land. Abraham’s hospitality He says, “Let me be, and I’ll let you be.”. Each different research lab is working on a different type of vaccine -- neither we nor they know yet which will be most effective. (Q) We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. He tells you his approach to life and sticks to it. The Talmud explains that as well:11. 19 Your[c] servant has found favor in your[d] eyes,(AH) and you[e] have shown great kindness(AI) to me in sparing my life. (BJ) 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab[g];(BK) he is the father of the Moabites(BL) of today. Hashem gave Pharoh a choice. People must always need one another. Much of Germany was bombed to rubble and for 45 years, the country was divided. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. A world where the weather is either hot or cold but never warm, where people are either super-friendly or hostile but never just chill, where either I run things or you run things but we can’t cooperate, where I don’t need you and you don’t need me and so no one has any business with the other. The A-mightly did not "cure them", for the same reason He did not: (a) cure the Egyptians, who committed genocide against the Jews; (b) cure the 603,549 non-Levite Jewish men, who repeatedly complained to Moses about having left Egypt.The lesson is that when a bad idea strikes deep roots, those - who embrace that idea - take on the risk of D-vine punishment, which may be by Hand of H-aven, or by an earthly agent. Self-sufficiency, on the other hand, is a bad deal all around. That would define a Sodomite attitude as the incapacity to bear another benefiting from your property. The gamut of opinions and explanations of this concept is presented at length by Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz in his Shnei Luchot Habrit (“Shelah ha-Kadosh”), Sha’ar ha-Gadol. Don’t do this wicked thing. Why doing business with money is the ultimate spiritual endeavor. (Y), 15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! That makes it sound like you have to buy friends. ( Genesis 19:29, 30 ) God read the hearts of the individuals of that time and destroyed only those he deemed wicked. Rather, the Talmud uses the term middat S’dom (roughly translated as “a Sodomite attitude”) to describe an extreme form of isolationism. Indeed, that is what trade is all about—that each land both receives from others and gives to others. They established laws prejudiced against visitors, and found every way they could to discourage any passersby. After all, G‑d destroyed them with fire and brimstone. 36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. That's why it affected even the Sodomites' children. Thus there was no righteous standard, no point of return and thus judgment was the result. Reply, In the realm of research, separate initiatives may yield results otherwise not had, when there's a single control. This killing saved the Jew on the spot, and those, whom the Egyptian and his progeny would also kill.Most cannot see over the time-horizon, so can't know our acts' long-term impacts. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is a cautionary tale of the destructive consequences of sin. It seems from your writing that the people of Sodom were born into Tohu. 32 Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line(BD) through our father.”(BE), 33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. We stand aside at our peril, because we must be our brother's keeper. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. (I) He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast,(J) and they ate. The two, who did so merit, were Caleb and Joshua, because they understood - as did Jewish women - that Egypt was a sewer, so were totally glad to have been freed. In such instances, the court can indeed compel or restrain someone with a stubborn Sodomite attitude. The Talmud even discusses whether the homeless camper can ask the court to prevent Joe from throwing him out—because the Torah says, “You must do that which is good and upright.”2 What Joe is doing, in Talmudic eyes, is pure evil. These were not countries with a few sinners here and there. These saviors benefit all descendants of those saved, who will never know their benefactor. But my guess is that it was his connections. Surprisingly, both appeal to Scripture to support their positions, most notably Ezekiel 16:49 and Jude 1:7. It’s that dynamic that makes a beautiful world.18. Eighty percent of enslaved Jews - those unwilling to leave Egypt - died by Hand of H-aven during the Ninth Plague (Darkness). So, when the Germany and its Allies began a genocide against Jews and Gypsies (Roma/Sinti) the A-mighty decreed destruction. As the Torah has no words without a purpose, these words tell us that at that instant, the A-mighty "shut the door" on Sodom. Fix the world. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground() 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s houseYou can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” What is positive about removing property from the public domain to place it in the exclusive hands of an individual? So, they would have taken the visitors to the "city limits" and adjured them to leave and never to return. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(BI). Also, rather than destroying and killing these people, why didn't Hashem just teach them Tikun? Why not just make friends?”. Do you have a problem with that?”, Joe answers, “It’s my property. It is a sin against nature. In managing on her own she has become an alcoholic and crack addict. He was allowed to acquire a house in the city because he expressed a willingness to conform to S'dom's customs. They said, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.”, How do we see this among the people of Sodom? Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. “Acquire yourself a friend!” our sages taught.19 People ask, “Why use the word acquire? In short, having Jewish ancestors does not make one Jewish, unless one's mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc., all were Jews. Being insufficient is good. Sodomy definition, anal or oral copulation with a person of a different sex. (AW), 29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain,(AX) he remembered(AY) Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe(AZ) that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived. The very existence of our universe is predicated on every particle contributing its unique properties to a single whole. Lot was warned about this destruction by … A world of tohu is a world where no two things can work together. Reply, I refer you to 'The Enemy of Nature: the end of capitalism or the end of the world?' because G‑d will bless you . Next thing, they constructed a bridge at the gateway to their land and charged a toll to enter—even if you would choose to swim across. There’s another description in the Talmud of the Sodomite attitude: One who says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.”4 Or, as Rabbi Ovadiah Bartenura reads that, “I don’t want to give you anything, and I would appreciate it if you don’t give me anything.”5, Okay, so he’s not the kind of guy you want on your baseball team, “I don’t want to give you anything, and I would appreciate it if you don’t give me anything.” Why is that the ultimate evil?but is he really the core of evil? If your Mother definitely was Jewish, then you are a Jew. Once the web has been exposed it will always be destroyed in order to have a clean dwelling. The Word sodomy comes from Sodom and Gomorrah and God destroyed the city because of homosexuality. Reply, This is for Toby. Sodom and Gomorrah are two of the Old Testament’s most infamously sinful cities. See Rashi to Bereishis 18:5. Capitalism didn't make them poor, it just made others wealthy. "What was wicked of them? Reply, This profound teaching brings light by trying to answer the complex issues that modern man is facing in contemporary life: , what is the definition of being a “mensch” as an individual and also within society as a whole. The context of this verse is that two angels had visited Lot in Sodom in an effort to get him to leave the city since it was about to be destroyed. The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis does not explicitly identify homosexuality as the sin for which they were destroyed. Withholding money from a spendthrift child is an inobvious way. But that was okay, because it rapidly erupted on its own. Why Tohu? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”(M), 6 Lot went outside to meet them(N) and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. His being charitable to his visitors didn't cost Sodomites even a penny. If, at a later date, they discovered their "roots", they need not convert, as they were born to a Jewish mother. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” I was raised on the song, “G_d bless the child that’s got his own.” Unfortunately, our home was also a place abuse and neglect. And allow yourself to need that friend. One of the reasons God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was because he did not want the Jews to be influenced by this evil. Rabbi Abraham Twerski explains that in both cases the laws were changed to allow and even promote sin. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah wasn't independence and isolationism, it was extreme wickedness. (AF) Flee to the mountains(AG) or you will be swept away!”, 18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[b] please! Final judgment had been sealed. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great(V) that he has sent us to destroy it.”(W), 14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[a] his daughters. How did Sodom get this way? Several time in the Bible the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were given as examples of God’s judgment on those who reject Him and rebel against His Lordship (Luke 10:12, 17:29; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:7). "You write a lot of interesting article titles, but if the Holy Scriptures won't support your views, I certainly wont either. According to the Bible, “the men of Sodom were wicked” (Genesis 13, verse 13).For its many sins, God destroyed Sodom and all the inhabitants of the “cities of the plain” in an intense conflagration, but not before allowing Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family to flee to safety. New International Version (NIV), “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”. Tzedakah (charity) is an obvious way. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the past. Sodom and Gomorrah have come to represent the epitome of evil. The hostility to travelers in the story of Lot must be read within this context—if they have everything, why are they so hostile?But most of all, we have a strong and unchallenged tradition of our sages, recorded in the Mishnah and Midrash and later in the Talmud—and well-cited here. For example, when God destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he spared the good man Lot and his two daughters. doesn't this contradict their attitude of "what is mine is mine and what is yours is yours" if they truly felt isolated from one another, why would his hospitality bother them? The Indeed, that is what trade is all about—that each land both receives from others and gives to others.world is made so that each region must receive its needs from some other region. These people were the opposite of how Abraham treated others (including the stranger). The ancient Midrash13 describes King David asking of G‑d, “Why couldn’t You make everyone in Your world equal in means?”, G‑d replied, “If I would do so, how would kindness and truth be sustained?”. What’s a healthy organism? The Bible tells us all the inhabitants were depraved. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness(S) so that they could not find the door. A married couple evolves over many years into a single being because they learn to need one another. Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. The web is soon to be exposed and the spider will no longer be because every corner of the dwelling will be cleaned by its keeper. At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. You're correct. (AP) 25 Thus he overthrew those cities(AQ) and the entire plain,(AR) destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. And that explains why the destruction was total: cruelty was do deeply embedded, that destruction was the only cure.There's a lesson for us: when comes the time to destroy a genocidal regime, all - who served that regime - must be killed. You can wash your feet(F) and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”, “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”(G), 3 But he insisted(H) so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. Joe is infected with a Sodomite attitude. The New Testament uses these cities as examples of behavior that God’s people need to avoid. Yet deeper: the need to need others. 2 “My lords,” he said, “come to my home to wash your feet, and be my guests for the night. It all began with a need not to need anyone. We're just saying it's abundantly clear that's not what the lesson of Sodom is. Reply, Further to my comment. Could have been his money. Reply. One has a fire inside him while the other stays cool. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”(BG) 35 So they got their father to drink wine(BH) that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Because people needing people is good. One with great wealth has to figure out how to use that wealth to improve the World. Even with all the love in the world, they are only truly bonded when they find a need for one another in their hearts. Reply, You could put them all in the same lab for 10 years, but without providing incentives nothing at all is going to happen. Points of Interest from the Story of Sodom and Gomorrah . It was because of this baseless hatred - sinas chinam - that S'dom and 'Amorah were destroyed. Reply, This makes me wonder whether the great research labs, scattered among the worlds nations, would not have been better off pooling their resources in the effort to find a Covid-19 vaccine.They clearly need each other, yet seem to be motivated by profits, and so work independently and alone. Lot at first pitched his tent at or very near the S'dom "city limits". (AA)”, 16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters(AB) and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. (AS) 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,(AT) and she became a pillar of salt. Reply, Why are some people born in favourable circumstances while others suffer from birth? After all, G‑d destroyed them with fire and brimstone. 12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Moses killed an Egyptian, whom he saw cruelly beating a Jew. 19 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. Possibly flood waters of the Dead Sea engulfed them following an earthquake. If there's an unbroken chain of Jewish mothers, then a person is Jewish and should be accepted as such.So, get back to your roots. This is how G‑d created the world to operate. They could have ignored Lot's visitors. In fact, he’s brutally honest. .”15. There are only two times that the Holy One, blessed is He, totally destroyed an entire population: 1) The great flood at the time of Noah, and 2) Sodom & Gomorrah. But there’s more to it than that. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi[h]; he is the father of the Ammonites[i](BM) of today. In fact, Abraham engaged in a lengthy conversation to mediate for the cities. Lot was sitting there, and when he saw them, he stood up to meet them. In Genesis 18, the Lord shared His plans to destroy these cities due to their sins: "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is … Etz Chaim 8:1. Even if it required a "miracle" like parting the Red Sea? Aren’t we better off sharing everything? Cited and discussed by Philip Wexler in Social Vision (Herder & Herder, 2019), p. 114. Then he welcomed them and bowed with his face to the ground. Sodom and Gomorrah, along with three other cities, formed a large settlement at the terminus of the Jordan River. The universe began with an explosion and we are putting back together the fragments. While most Orthodox Jewish and Christian scholars have held the position that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their rampant homosexual behavior (namely, sodomy), there are others who believe that those cities were destroyed because of their pride.. The lesson: Jews should not settle in places, wherein the inhabitants lack a moral compass. The wickedness of the city became proverbial. We know this from Sh'mos (Exodus) 2:12. Yet it would seem from the Mishnah that the worst business you could be in is no business at all. He doesn’t want to engage in any commerce at all. The city was destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 19:24). (18:20-21) Just this past week, I discovered that she is supporting herself with prostitution. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. This segment describes Lot leaving Sodom and God destroying the cities. And it must be that way, the Rebbe wrote, because every person, every created being, indeed even the Creator and Manager of the universe, at times in some way must act not only as a provider but also as a recipient.17 Neither role is less important than the other. But because the Sodomites were psychopaths, they sought-out Lot's visitors, in order to rape them. A lesson is that the righteous: (a) should not allow psychopaths to take charge of public affairs and (b) if, nonetheless, psychopaths do take charge, the righteous must flee. But in order to get there, we will have to go a bit further back, to Genesis 18. But now it makes sense. 1 min read “So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.” Thankfully, there were kind people around me who believed in helping children that didn’t belong to them. The earth was rich in nutrients as well as precious minerals. So the people who settled there decided, “We don’t need to trade with anyone. But wait, it’s true that the Torah states that “the needy will never disappear from the earth.”14 But the Torah also states that “there will be no needy person amongst you . The Sodomites were psychopaths. Panama has been settled for four centuries. Those, who disregard this, do so at their peril. Are all souls equally disposed and if so qhy are some souls born in comfortable surroundings but others face abject misery from birth? Reply, Is this the plain meaning of the text? . Some readers are questioning whether this essay follows the simple meaning of the text.While that is not really the subject of the essay—it's more an exposition of the highly enlightened Talmudic ethos of commerce—it is quite clear that, yes, there is sufficient evidence to support this reading of the text.Let's not forget the statement of Ezekiel 16:49 (cited in the essay), in his rebuke of Jerusalem: "Behold this was the iniquity of Sodom your sister: pride, abundance of bread, and careless ease were hers and her daughters', and she did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Really need. It is almost impossible for the reader of this text to miss its connection to the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. They were nations overrun with evil. We know because of Abraham's intercession. The answer is "yes" but the overall answer is "cruelty" with the trigger for destruction being rape. Reply, But why were "laws...changed and corrupted...behavior"? Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. As long as the law is righteous, there is a standard for repentance. Lessons from Sodom and Gomorrah (1) God will judge those who reject Him. . Yet deeper—and even more vital—the need to need others. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. No one has ever found the destroyed cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but scholars believe that they stood in the Vale of Siddim across from these cliffs. Someone, who is poor, seeks to better him- or herself and founds a company or a school, which benefits many others. We have both the rigor of traditional rules of exegesis as well as faith in the fidelity of rabbinic tradition to guide us. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. “I don’t want to give you anything, and I would appreciate it if you don’t give me anything.” Why is that the ultimate evil? (T) Get them out of here, 13 because we(U) are going to destroy this place. Here’s a Rather, the Talmud uses the term “Sodomite attitude” to describe an extreme form of isolationism.classic example:1, Joe owns a large tract of land that is not in use and that he doesn’t wish to lease. Sodom and Gomorrah have come to represent the epitome of evil. All rights reserved worldwide. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). What was the sin for which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? When someone wrote to the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, that the final redemption cannot be complete until “the needy disappear from the earth,” the Rebbe responded that he did not concur. It’s all one big capitalist market out there. Reply, This is by far one of the best articles I've read on Chabad. What we learn from the story of Sodom is that, yes, private ownership on its own can be very evil. Things only got worse from there, until there was no friendship, no camaraderie even with each other. If you want to get a glimpse of their behavior look at the laws that Moshe gave such as the prohibition of tattooing, boiling a calf in it's mothers milk (boiled alive) etc. Kegon zeh. Reply, The only nations suffering from Capitalism are those who don't engage in it. That 60% was impoverished before Capitalism showed up. We all say we want to be perfectly self-sufficient, but we recognize that would be a nightmare. And we don’t want them coming here, either. Finally, Lot's visitors told him to take his wife and daughters and to flee. "As well, we have the description of the region in Genesis 13:10: "And Lot raised his eyes, and he saw the entire plain of the Jordan, that it was entirely watered; before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as you come to Zoar." In this way their land was isolated from all other lands, and they managed their own resources so that they didn't need to receive any goods from any foreign land. middat S’dom. (AD) Don’t look back,(AE) and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! He’s not running a corrupt business. The mount of Sodom, a barren wasteland, rises sharply above the dead sea. It’s commerce that redeems capitalism and makes it good—very good. In Genesis 14, the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Zoar, Admah, and Zeboim all rebel against him and raise an army. Reply, The fact that the Sodomites protested outside Lot's home is an indication of them being affected and bothered by his behavior. Genesis 18:22-33 says there were not even ten righteous people in Sodom. Good for the world, good for the community and good for the individual. Now for some words from a more recent Kabbalist and chassidic master, Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch, writing in 1914:8. Shemot Rabbah 31:5, explaining Psalms 61:8. (K) 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom(L)—both young and old—surrounded the house. You just have to keep the incentive behind the results. But when he took-up residence in S'dom, he expressed his affinity for S'dom's perverse and perverted laws.The duty to flee a place, wherein one has been oppressed, is clear from Sh'mos. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. (E) 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. Apparently, these two angels appeared in the form of men. Before this world was created, G‑d first created a world of tohu—a world of absolutes. 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