Oct. 23, 2018

Vayeira

Lot a Weak Man

Lot, a relative of Abraham, was not an evil man but he was a weak man. When he arrived in Sodom, he sat at the gates. In those times, only the great men sat at the gates. Remember the Purim story and that Mordecai sat at the gates. Lot was weak and as time went on, he moved from the gates of Sodom to the city, and from the city until he was in the midst of everything that was happening. Lot did not realize his own vulnerability to evil.

 

This is something we all have to be aware of. If you live and deal with evil people, it is almost as if the evil is catching. We all have heard the expression, “Birds of a feather flock together.” We are all vulnerable to our environment and we must choose our friends and associates with care.

Run to Do Kindness

Abraham was sitting at the tent entrance looking for guests so that he could do a kindness.

Yoga—Deeper seated twist

Let’s sit at the door of our tent, turning right and left, looking for guests and acts of kindness that we can do.

This pose is more advanced than the easy seated waist turn in parshas Lech Lecha.

Sit on the mat with your legs out.

You may want to sit on the edge of a folded blanket.

Bend the right knee.

Right foot flat on ground.

Right hand on the ground behind you.

Left arm to the outside of the right knee.

Twist right.

Hold for at least two breaths.

Return to center.

Change sides.

As you grow in your yoga practice, you may be able to hold a position for five breaths.