The Sabbath Torah Portion – Lech L’cha (Go Yourself)
The entire portion is Genesis 18—22
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds. This year, we read Part 2. Genesis 19—20
The depravity of the people of Sodom is expressed in this episode of brutal disregard for the sanctity of life and sexuality, as well as the sacredness of the law of hospitality to the stranger in one’s house. There is a story in Judges 19:22ff. with striking similarities in its account.
Just as Gibeah in the story from Judges, Lot is willing to expose the women in his family to the brutality of wanton men. They completely forget God.
What do you do when it is time to take a stand when the rights of others are violated? There is a temptation to succumb to evil in the manipulative powers of people who reactively, “Want what they want, when they want it.” Disregard for human dignity demands a strong response with a desire to please the Lord alone—no one else.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.