Kenneth Cohen

Sodom-like behavior

The description of the people of Sodom, is that they were רעים וחטאים מאוד, “Very evil and sinful.” The evil was so great that Hashem had no choice but to destroy them.

When He speaks to Avraham, to explain why their destruction is necessary, He says that זעקת סדום ועמורה באה אלי, “The cries of Sodom and Gomorrah have reached Me.”

It is not a coincidence that this section is being read during this difficult period. We must be reminded of the evil that surrounds us. It must be completely eliminated. It is like a cancer that must removed at its root.

It is very difficult to comprehend the mind of an evil person, as their thinking is not anything that we can relate to, in any way. But we have now learned that if we delude ourselves, and do not accept the reality, we end up paying a heavy price, for our misplaced compassion.

It was particularly painful to hear from a captured terrorist, that he was a worker from Gaza, who was employed in one of the Jewish settlements near the border. He admitted that he supplied the other terrorists with information regarding the layouts and details of his place of employment.

Only now the government is saying that they will no longer employ Gazan’s in Israel. Reality is the best teacher. In the name of the holy Jews who perished, we cannot afford to take chances and make goodwill gestures.

Every Arab, whether in Israel or the territories, must pledge their allegiance to the State of Israel, and condemn the atrocities of October the seventh. If they refuse to do this, it is Sodom like behavior. They pose a threat to our security, and do not belong here.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at
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