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. Kabbalah, Chassidism and Jewish Mysticism. The souls of the people of Sodom originated from the realm of tohu. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. There will always be poverty and inequality. Reply, The Sodomites - on discovering that Lot had visitors - did not insist Lot expel them from the city. Their righteous acts save lives. Sodom and Gomorrah involved an attempted gang rape, not a loving relationship. "Hey they we're just wicked ok? It was because of this baseless hatred - sinas chinam - that S'dom and 'Amorah were destroyed. A married couple evolves over many years into a single being because they learn to need one another. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Things only got worse from there, until there was no friendship, no camaraderie even with each other. While I have accepted the help of others and now use my means to help others, my youngest sister feels like she needs to be independent. But because the Sodomites were psychopaths, they sought-out Lot's visitors, in order to rape them. 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In fact, the most righteous man in Sodom was Lot—the man who offered his daughters to be gang-raped. But that was okay, because it rapidly erupted on its own. The lesson: when persecutors - psychopaths - take charge, Jews must flee. One day he discovers that some homeless individual is camping out on it. The story of the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah is told in Genesis 18–19.Three men come to Abraham in the plains of Mamre.After the angels received the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah, the Lord reveals to Abraham that he would confirm what he had heard against Sodom and Gomorrah, "and because their sin is very grievous.". 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. That 60% was impoverished before Capitalism showed up. Question: "Why did Abraham bargain with God in regard to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18)?" Self-sufficiency, on the other hand, is a bad deal all around. He hasn’t lied to anyone. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. Reply, No one is saying that we're not supposed to work together at some point. Plainly, the residents of S'dom and 'Amorah were psychopaths, so sought to be cruel to those, who had done them no harm. Don’t escape. Final judgment had been sealed. 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. There should be pretty good records of births, marriages, etc. (T) Get them out of here, 13 because we(U) are going to destroy this place. The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is found in Genesis 18 and 19. 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. Here too, it will be important for the laws of scientific and medical purity to not be corrupted, in order for the safest and most effective vaccine to prevail (not simply the first one). That’s the central point of the story with Lot, Abraham’s nephew who lived in Sodom. This segment describes Lot leaving Sodom and God destroying the cities. He desires total independence and isolation. The lesson: Jews should not settle in places, wherein the inhabitants lack a moral compass. But I can’t flee to the mountains;(AJ) this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 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. Certainly there were many detestable sins in Sodom and her daughter cities. Really need. 1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. You can read some of them here. It is obvious that the visitors would have shut the door. (AF) Flee to the mountains(AG) or you will be swept away!”, 18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords,[b] please! Both in the antedeluvian world and in the world of Sodom the laws were changed and corrupted to legalize sinful behavior. People are friends and stay friends because they need one another. Why this inequality seen in babies from birth? In such instances, the court can indeed compel or restrain someone with a stubborn Sodomite attitude. For example, when God destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he spared the good man Lot and his two daughters. when you will listen to His voice . Even amongst themselves, each one was isolated and independent. 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. (AV) 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. 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 … (E) 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. Possibly flood waters of the Dead Sea engulfed them following an earthquake. Yet deeper: the need to need others.but in every aspect of life. Eighty percent of enslaved Jews - those unwilling to leave Egypt - died by Hand of H-aven during the Ninth Plague (Darkness). If Hashem could lead Israel out of Egypt, couldn't Hashem teach Tikun to those in Sodom? Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. So, they would have taken the visitors to the "city limits" and adjured them to leave and never to return. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in Genesis, notorious for their flagrant sin. Reply, A great deal of trust is involved in this situation.much more than with individuals. 19 The two angels(A) arrived at Sodom(B) in the evening, and Lot(C) was sitting in the gateway of the city. 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. Could have been his money. One has a fire inside him while the other stays cool. But when G‑d made the earth, He did so with wisdom, so that all the world functions in a way of tikkun—the diametric opposite of Sodom's isolationism. Each different research lab is working on a different type of vaccine -- neither we nor they know yet which will be most effective. Lot tried to temper Sodomites' viciousness. Accordingly, they did not look back to Egypt at all, let alone with longing, as did the 603,538 of their peers. We trust Hashem to causes our acts to have good effects. It seems from your writing that the people of Sodom were born into Tohu. ( Genesis 19:29, 30 ) God read the hearts of the individuals of that time and destroyed only those he deemed wicked. Reply, You could put them all in the same lab for 10 years, but without providing incentives nothing at all is going to happen. Corrupt the law and there is no standard for Teshuvah. Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed. I am sending her this talk so that she won’t feel like a burden when she needs help. He tells you his approach to life and sticks to it. The universe began with an explosion and we are putting back together the fragments. 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? Reply, In the realm of research, separate initiatives may yield results otherwise not had, when there's a single control. (BF), 34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. let me read this and study.thank you . What is positive about removing property from the public domain to place it in the exclusive hands of an individual? Thankfully, there were kind people around me who believed in helping children that didn’t belong to them. They simply had to embrace Jewish practices. This is the meaning of the verse “And He established His agudah upon the earth.”9 An agudah is a collaboration of individuals, such as a collective, in which everyone works together and no one is complete without the other. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. Sodom and Gomorrah was an ancient city of Syria located in the plain of Jordan. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the past. But there’s more to it than that. The angels instructed Lot to flee to the mountains, but Lot requested to spare the town, Zoar, where he will flee from the destruction. Finally, Lot's visitors told him to take his wife and daughters and to flee. That is why - absent Abraham's intercession for the residents of S'dom - Lot would have been incinerated along with other S'domites. These saviors benefit all descendants of those saved, who will never know their benefactor. Shemot Rabbah 31:5, explaining Psalms 61:8. 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. 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. See Talmud, Bava Kamma 20b, where this and several other examples are raised. What was the sin for which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? She wants to be a grown up and take responsibility for herself. All have in common one thing: They all need one another for their own wholeness. See more. Don’t surrender. Wow, this is really eye-opening, and relevant to today's world of populism and more nationalistic policies versus working with allies. Even with all the love in the world, they are only truly bonded when they find a need for one another in their hearts. (18:20-21) See Tosafot, Bava Batra 12b, s.v. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” Reply, Good question. It is then written: "and they shut the door." Avodah tzorech Gavoah (“work is a need of the High One”). 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? All in all, a virtual garden of Eden. Your statement, "they clearly need each other" is not necessarily true. He was allowed to acquire a house in the city because he expressed a willingness to conform to S'dom's customs. Much of Germany was bombed to rubble and for 45 years, the country was divided. But, perhaps surprisingly, the Talmud does not associate Sodom principally with idolatry, murder, sexual impropriety, thievery, or even corrupt business practices. It doesn't seem that the people of Sodom has any choice but to die. 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. The mount of Sodom, a barren wasteland, rises sharply above the dead sea. These were not countries with a few sinners here and there. 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. 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. A world of tohu is a world where no two things can work together. Reply, The only nations suffering from Capitalism are those who don't engage in it. Etz Chaim 8:1. See Rashi to Sh'mos 13:18. “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. What we learn from the story of Sodom is that, yes, private ownership on its own can be very evil. Just this past week, I discovered that she is supporting herself with prostitution. Reply, This is for Toby. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. 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. 10 But the men(R) inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. Questions That's why they wanted to rape Lot's visitors and were ready to attack Lot, to force him to turn-over to them, his visitors. Sodom and Gomorrah have come to represent the epitome of evil. 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." Reply, I refer you to 'The Enemy of Nature: the end of capitalism or the end of the world?' Police officers and those in the military sometimes must kill to save themselves and/or others. It’s all one big capitalist market out there. 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.. One of the reasons God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah was because he did not want the Jews to be influenced by this evil. After all, G‑d destroyed them with fire and brimstone. Reply, Why are some people born in favourable circumstances while others suffer from birth? If they were forced into following a path of Tohu without having any choice, then why should they be punished? 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. No one would accept anything from anyone else. People need to need each other, not only in commerce That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. Sodom was in control of the other communities so that is why other Angels weren't dispatched to them. 19 That evening the two angels came to the entrance of the city of Sodom. 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. See also Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, Likkutei Torah, Emor 37c ff and Mattot 87a ff. As long as the law is righteous, there is a standard for repentance. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? 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. Like you have a clean dwelling in every aspect of life Zalman of Liadi, Torah. Visitors told him to a Jewish court results otherwise not had, when the Germany and its began. See Talmud, Bava Kamma 20b, where every student can go back briefly to the `` city ''. 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