GrowTorah Core Value: Reimagining Tzedakah
Lesson Title: The Selfishness of Sodom
Avraham learns that Hashem plans to destroy Sodom and Gemorrah. Avraham argues with Hashem, and though Hashem ends up destroying the cities, Lot and his household are given an opportunity to escape. Sarah gives birth to her son Isaac. Hagar and Ishmael are sent away, though Hashem promises Hagar that Ishmael will become a great nation.
How is the character of a community reflected in its land in the story of Sodom?
- agricultural community connections
- what does good communal agriculture symbolize?
How can we use our garden to improve our character?
- working together, donating produce....
Looking back to the first source, how does Sodom's reputation contrast with Avraham's?
- giving sustenance to others
- Avraham becomes a nation, what does that say abt the importance of Tzedakah?
Living the Lesson
How does this verse from Mishlei relate to Sodom's punishment?
- excess of bread without helping the needy
Just as Avraham plants a tree representative of his values, how can we use our garden to emulate Avraham's righteousness rather than Sodom's sin?
- what can our plants symbolize?