The Talmud posits that the Sodomites developed an elaborate ruse to exploit the poor under false pretenses. Sound familiar?
When the chief rabbi of the IDF claimed in a lecture that the Temple Mount has no legitimate religious significance in Islam, his remarks stirred a public furor.
Reading Avrum’s thoughts on this week’s torah portion, I find it hard to choose what to focus on. I feel intrigued by the invitation to think about God’s ‘color,’ especially God in shades of gray. I feel a need to agree with his open embrace to the various life-bearing options of new families. But like Avrum, who hears the voices of our daily challenges echoing in the Parasha, I too mush think of Sodom in the context of our society and of the sounds coming from the streets of Jerusalem these days.
The residents of Ashkelon in Southern Israel like to think of themselves as good, upstanding folk. Which is why one local street sign has become a cause of great annoyance and embarrassment.