Parashat Vayera (וירא) — Raping Foreigners

November 7, 2014
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Parashat Vayera (וירא) — Raping Foreigners

Parashat Vayera 2014/5775 (Triennial II) — Raping Foreigners

In this week’s Parashah, we read how the men of Sodom came to Lot’s home to demand that he release the men staying in his home so “v’neid-ah otam, so that they can rape them (Genesis 19:5). This trope of raping foreigners is echoed later in the Bible in Judges 19:22. Why are the men in both of these stories doing this to the foreigners in their midst? What can these stories teach us about the power of rape and attitudes to foreigners? Do these stories have anything to teach us today?

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