Inner and outer spaces
The kind of boundary Abraham seeks to preserve vis-a-vis others is shattered here at an early stage: The strangers want to sleep outside, but Lot brings them inside.
While in last week's Torah portion, Abraham and Lot parted, in Parashat Vayera, they are juxtaposed. Whereas Abraham resides near "the terebinths of Mamre," Lot lives in Sodom. Both serve as hosts and receive visitors, but one is rewarded with a child while the other is banished. Their respective fates are totally opposite. However, the stories of these men are not mere illustrations of how proper...
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