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Parashat Vayeira (October 19, 2013)
by Elisa Schindler Frankel

IN PARASHAT VAYEIRA, God seeks to destroy the corrupt and criminal cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Abraham stands up and speaks out in defense of those who are innocent: “Should the judge of all the world not act with justice?” (Genesis 18:25) And with the art of a skilled negotiator, Abraham bargains with God to save the lives of the innocent: “Let not my Lord be angry if I speak but this last time: What if ten should be found there?” And He answered, “I will not destroy, for the sake of the ten.” (Genesis 18:32)

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