By: April Akiva, MAJE
We’ve all experienced it before. Last night my twenty minute ride on the freeway turned into a frustrating hour of traffic congestion. Reaching the end of the sea of red lights I noticed that there had been a terrible accident with possible fatalities. Surprisingly, the accident was on the other side of the freeway, the traffic merely caused by curious drivers slowing down to see the show. Like so many others, I contributed to the problem, scoping out the scene myself.
In Parashat Vayeira, we are warned of the dark side of human curiosity as Abraham’s nephew, Lot, escapes with his family from the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The three men (angels, really) who visit Abraham and Sarah with the news of her impending pregnancy are ordered by God to travel to the Valley of Sodom. Seeing how unjust the Sodomites are in their laws and how terribly they treat visitors who travel through their towns, God sentences all its inhabitants to annihilation. When the three men reach Sodom, they inform Lot of the impending destruction, warning him: