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go out of your comfort zone

Thursday, 29 October, 2015 - 12:41 pm

When Avraham pleaded with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom, the Torah tells us “And Avraham approached and said: "Will You even destroy the righteous with the wicked?”

The word used for approached, VaYigash, has a distinct meaning. It does not mean that the person took a step closer; it means that the person took a different approach. We see three tactics in the TaNaCh that uses the word Vayigash: appeasement, war and prayer.

Rashi says that Avraham used all three strategies when he approached G-d to save Sodom and Gomorrah. Avraham was willing to go to war with G-d, appease G-d and pray to G-d to change His mind. Note: this was after the destructive angels were already sent to destroy the cities.

Avraham was “the nicest guy”; he was always being kind and was a non-confrontational person. This same Avraham knew one thing: when lives are at stake, when someone is facing death, be it a spiritual death or a physical death, we need to do whatever is in our power to save them. Our nature may be to be kind but for the sake of someone else we may need to “go to war” on their behalf or for them.

When you see someone who is disconnected from their Jewish heritage, encourage them to reconnect. It can be by organizing a Jewish event that they can attend or having them over for Shabbat dinner. Sometimes it calls for us to go out of our comfort zone to re-connect them with Torah and Mitzvos which are life giving. If you are successful great! If not, you did your best. Avraham was not successful in saving the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah yet he did his utmost and that is all that G-d wants from us.

Have a great Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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