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. 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Fix the world. Rather, the Talmud uses the term “Sodomite attitude” to describe an extreme form of isolationism. Reply, In the realm of research, separate initiatives may yield results otherwise not had, when there's a single control. In Rabbi Luria’s narrative, that eruption left fragments of tohu that fell to become our world, a world where harmony, or tikkun, is possible. because G‑d will bless you . It’s commerce that redeems capitalism and makes it good—very good. Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. .”15. Reply, All of us face challenges. So, when the Germany and its Allies began a genocide against Jews and Gypsies (Roma/Sinti) the A-mighty decreed destruction. I am sending her this talk so that she won’t feel like a burden when she needs help. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the past. See more. . "What was wicked of them? How did Sodom get this way? 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.. You may have heard of the Pauli exclusion principle, that no two particles in the universe can be in precisely the same state—because if this principle were violated, there would be nothing to prevent the entire universe from collapsing upon itself. These saviors benefit all descendants of those saved, who will never know their benefactor. Shemot Rabbah 31:5, explaining Psalms 61:8. (E) 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. Kedorlaomer and his allies then ransack Sodom and Gomorrah, taking all their possessions, all their food, and carrying a ton of their citizens off. “Peter Paul Rubens, Lot fleeing Sodom” Sodom and Gomorrah were famous for the wickedness of its people as shown in Genesis 13:13 and by Genesis 19, it was doomed by God to be completely destroyed. All have in common one thing: They all need one another for their own wholeness. Reply, I don't think so. (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. Not only did they not take in guests, they couldn’t even allow others to have guests stay in their home. Well, they weren’t hospitable. 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. Don’t do this wicked thing. Then my life will be spared.”, 21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request(AK) too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. His being charitable to his visitors didn't cost Sodomites even a penny. The city was destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 19:24). It’s a deep valley, and before these cities were overturned, the Jordan branched out into a delta, watering the earth well and sprouting rich, lush greenery. A pinch of Lurianic Kabbalah could help us here. Those, who did this, wanted to make "normal" ("lawful") the doing of things that should not be done. Lot, deluded, was wiling to risk his daughters by substituting them for his guests, whom the Sodomites wanted to rape. If Hashem could lead Israel out of Egypt, couldn't Hashem teach Tikun to those in Sodom? Reply, Your question is excellent! A counter-entropic entity united by circulation of energy. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. (Q) We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door. middat S’dom. I have begged her to stay with me and let me help her recover and she refuses. Eventually the people’s treatment of merchants, transients, the homeless, the downtrodden and the needy became heartless and viciously cruel. Why not just make friends?”. It is a sin against nature. Rather, the Talmud uses the term middat S’dom (roughly translated as “a Sodomite attitude”) to describe an extreme form of isolationism. Sodom and Gomorrah was an ancient city of Syria located in the plain of Jordan. Kabbalah, Chassidism and Jewish Mysticism. 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. It is then written: "and they shut the door." Even amongst themselves, each one was isolated and independent. The Sodomites' hostile response to Lot's actions was not about property. 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. People must always need one another. Lessons from Sodom and Gomorrah (1) God will judge those who reject Him. A married couple evolves over many years into a single being because they learn to need one another. . Reply, We have to be careful, don't we, in explaining Torah that we don't do violence to the peshat, the plain meaning of the scripture? (AS) 26 But Lot’s wife looked back,(AT) and she became a pillar of salt. Withholding money from a spendthrift child is an inobvious way. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. (AF) Flee to the mountains(AG) or you will be swept away!”, 18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[b] please! Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.(BI). Thankfully, there were kind people around me who believed in helping children that didn’t belong to them. This is how G‑d created the world to operate. 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? Question: "Why did Abraham bargain with God in regard to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18)?" (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. The Sodomites were psychopaths. 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?”. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. In Lurianic terms, “the light was too great for containment.” We moderns might say that when the parts of the whole work independently of one another, they generate far more energy than the whole can contain. Early the next morning, Abraham looked at Sodom and Gomorrah and saw smoke, knowing that God has destroyed the cities. That is why - absent Abraham's intercession for the residents of S'dom - Lot would have been incinerated along with other S'domites. What we learn from the story of Sodom is that, yes, private ownership on its own can be very evil. The Talmud tells more stories about Sodom and their nasty, even brutal, treatment of visitors. What do these two times have in common? 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. I want him out.”. The universe began with an explosion and we are putting back together the fragments. The lesson: when persecutors - psychopaths - take charge, Jews must flee. It’s that dynamic that makes a beautiful world.18. Abraham’s hospitality It was their gratuitous and egregious cruelty, to those who had done them no harm. The Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah (18:20-21) "Then the LORD said, 'The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. (D) When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. If your Mother definitely was Jewish, then you are a Jew. The earth was rich in nutrients as well as precious minerals. 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. 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. Other instances are scattered throughout the Talmud, and also discussed in later halachic works. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”(O). Make yourself a person who is needed, and you will acquire at least one true friend. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. Reply, A great deal of trust is involved in this situation.much more than with individuals. Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away(Z) when the city is punished. That’s the central point of the story with Lot, Abraham’s nephew who lived in Sodom. If not, I will know.'" We're just saying it's abundantly clear that's not what the lesson of Sodom is. Some of those kids were so young, they did not know they were Jewish. “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? Enter your email address to get our weekly email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life. Yet deeper: the need to need others. Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. It’s all one big capitalist market out there. This psychopathic behavior was deeply embedded. [f](AL)), 23 By the time Lot reached Zoar,(AM) the sun had risen over the land. Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 12:5. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace. They established laws prejudiced against visitors, and found every way they could to discourage any passersby. One with great wealth has to figure out how to use that wealth to improve the World. But it all began with a need not to need anyone. Sodom and Gomorrah have come to represent the epitome of evil. Lot at first pitched his tent at or very near the S'dom "city limits". Because people needing people is good. Reply, May I ask if you can possibly elaborate on the issue of comparing Orthodox Judaism vrs midat S’dom? Do you have a problem with that?”, Joe answers, “It’s my property. 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. That makes it sound like you have to buy friends. ?In the meantime, Hassidic or Ashkenazi jehudim are the only ones to be accountable? If the Sodomites truly were autarkists, i.e., if their ethos rested on independence from others - residents and visitors - they would have rejected any contact with the visitors. Could have been his money. See Talmud, Bava Kamma 20b, where this and several other examples are raised. Before this world was created, G‑d first created a world of tohu—a world of absolutes. But my guess is that it was his connections. Indeed, that is what trade is all about—that each land both receives from others and gives to others. A complete discussion can be found in Encyclopedia Talmudit, s.v. Genesis 18:22-33 says there were not even ten righteous people in Sodom. Reply, The city of Gomorrah was a tent city outside the walls of the community of Sodom (why they are mentioned together). . Sodom was in control of the other communities so that is why other Angels weren't dispatched to them. What is positive about removing property from the public domain to place it in the exclusive hands of an individual? One of the reasons God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was because he did not want the Jews to be influenced by this evil. Reply, I refer you to 'The Enemy of Nature: the end of capitalism or the end of the world?' But Sodom did not operate that way. He says, “Let me be, and I’ll let you be.”. "Hey they we're just wicked ok? Absolute benevolence, absolute justice, absolute light and absolute darkness. Accordingly, they did not look back to Egypt at all, let alone with longing, as did the 603,538 of their peers. He doesn’t want to engage in any commerce at all. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about with our NEW "Know the Bible" series. In Genesis 18, the Lord shared His plans to destroy these cities due to their sins: "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is … But, perhaps surprisingly, the Talmud does not associate Sodom principally with idolatry, murder, sexual impropriety, thievery, or even corrupt business practices. Moses understood the Egyptian - and his descendants - was and would be evil-doers. Being merciful to genocidal murderers is simply wrong. Corrupt the law and there is no standard for Teshuvah. Lot was warned about this destruction by … Genesis 18:20-21 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will … And that is what makes a healthy human world as well: A world where people add value to life by discovering how much they need one another. The homeless individual takes him to a Jewish court. © Copyright, all rights reserved. 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. No one would accept anything from anyone else. Then he welcomed them and bowed with his face to the ground. "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." God was mercifully willing to spare the cities for the sake of a few righteous people, but none lived there. But in order to get there, we will have to go a bit further back, to Genesis 18. 19 The two angels(A) arrived at Sodom(B) in the evening, and Lot(C) was sitting in the gateway of the city. This explanation, to me, seems more in line with the plain meaning of the text. Surprisingly, both appeal to Scripture to support their positions, most notably Ezekiel 16:49 and Jude 1:7. There will always be poverty and inequality. Answer: When God revealed His plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah due to the wickedness of those cities, Abraham asked God to spare the people. Igrot Kodesh, vol. They simply had to embrace Jewish practices. These people were the opposite of how Abraham treated others (including the stranger). That 60% was impoverished before Capitalism showed up. Don’t escape. Their righteous acts save lives. The souls of the people of Sodom originated from the realm of tohu. It was one Angel to confirm and make the accusation and the second to argue against or confirm and destroy the communities. !Their isolationism. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah wasn't independence and isolationism, it was extreme wickedness. Once the web has been exposed it will always be destroyed in order to have a clean dwelling. And we don’t want them coming here, either. With self-sufficiency, we have all the evil of private ownership with none of the good. See also Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Likkutei Torah, Emor 37c ff and Mattot 87a ff. 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. They said, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.”, How do we see this among the people of Sodom? It seems that the very existence of our universe is predicated on every particle contributing its unique properties to a single whole. One has a fire inside him while the other stays cool. (X)” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking. Reply, This is by far one of the best articles I've read on Chabad. The Bible tells us all the inhabitants were depraved. Reply, No one is saying that we're not supposed to work together at some point. His wife looked back, with regret, and perished. For example, when God destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he spared the good man Lot and his two daughters. Finally, Lot's visitors told him to take his wife and daughters and to flee. Now for some words from a more recent Kabbalist and chassidic master, Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch, writing in 1914:8. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. They turned the walls and buildings to dust and something that fell from the sky ignited when each of them came in contact with the ground. 36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father. (AC) 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? The angels instructed Lot to flee to the mountains, but Lot requested to spare the town, Zoar, where he will flee from the destruction. Eventually, it became heartless.have everything we need right here. Even with all the love in the world, they are only truly bonded when they find a need for one another in their hearts. when you will listen to His voice . Meanwhile, many of the men of the city, who were homosexual, wanted to have relations with the two men – not knowing they were really angels. They were cruel to those, who had done them no harm. It was only after the Sodomites - who had demanded Lot hand-over his visitors to them so they could rape the visitors - that the visitors pulled Lot back inside his house. A world of tohu is a world where no two things can work together. The wickedness of the city became proverbial. 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. Apparently, these two angels appeared in the form of men. So, they enacted that the poor were to be left to starve to death and the charitable should be punished harshly, if they helped those in need. 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. But there’s more to it than that. Why this inequality seen in babies from birth? They could have ignored Lot's visitors. He hasn’t lied to anyone. So he tells him to get off. When Lot had some guests over to his home, the people of Sodom staged a protest outside his door and threatened to harm the guests and their host.10. 13, p. 234. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” 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. (Y), 15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! 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. (AD) Don’t look back,(AE) and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! In short, they were psychopaths. 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, Thank you for a deep and very clear study on this theme! It all began with a need not to need anyone. Sodom and Gomorrah involved an attempted gang rape, not a loving relationship. The Talmud explains that as well:11. She wants to be a grown up and take responsibility for herself. (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. 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 . 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