Jan 21, 2018

Raize Guttman 01-21-18 (5 Shevat 5778)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 19 – Verses 9 - 13

The mob is very displeased with Lot’s judgment on how to treat guests & are becoming violent as they are ready to break down Lot's door.

The angels teach us that people have to be cautious in dangerous situations. Don’t just rely on miracles. There is a fine balance between hishtadlus (personal effort) and bitachon (trust). Everything comes from Hashem, but Hashem is waiting to see how we take the initiative to help ourselves.

The angels also teach us that sometimes a person can be so influenced by his surroundings that he does not see clearly what is right and what is wrong anymore - he becomes blind. As long as he knows that certain behaviors are considered wrong or an abomination, then he can protect himself and save himself from it. It could happen that someone close to us; dear to us, does something or acts in ways that are immoral - or they ridicule us or go against what is right. So when you find it is impossible to protect yourself from their actions, then we have to separate ourselves from that person. As painful as it is, we have to remain strong and clear in our values.

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