No gain from the pain

05.10.2011                      08.Cheschwan. 5772                       Lech Lecha

Judentum:

No gain from the pain

Israel must lead the free world in its refusal to negotiate with terrorists, no matter the momentary gain.

Early on in the unfolding history of Abraham, the Bible depicts four marauding kings who invaded Sodom and in an act of terror seized Abram’s nephew and adopted son, Lot, taking him prisoner. Abram entered the foray of battle, routed the despotic terrorists and rescued his innocent kinsman.
The Bible pictures two very different reactions to Abram and his victory: He is first greeted by Melchizedek, ruler of Jerusalem, who offers him bread and wine. Abram is then confronted by the King of Sodom who attempts to negotiate a deal: “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself” (Genesis 14:23)….