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Sodom, California

By Tzvi Fishman
10/25/2007, 12:00 AM

A reader commented, “OK, let’s say the California fires are a warning to the Jews to move to Israel, buy why should non-Jews have to suffer too?”

Fire from the L-rd

Is it coincidental that this week’s Torah portion tells the story of Sodom and Gemorah? Once upon a time, I lived in Southern California, and that’s exactly what it is. It is a land of narcissism, perverted sex, and greed. The iron gates, electric fences, and prowling guard dogs surrounded everybody’s mansion send out the clear message to strangers – “KEEP OUT!” Just like in residents of Sodom.

"And he looked toward Sodom and Amora and behold the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace."

In case you have forgotten, the word sodomy comes from Sodom. That’s what the men of Sodom wanted to do to the angels who came to visit Lot. I don’t know what the streets are like now, but in my days, the gays competed with the hookers to tempt the drivers of passing cars.

And fire rained down from Heaven

“Then the L-rd rained down upon Sodom and Gemorah brimstone and fire from the L-rd out of Heaven.”

Just last week, California’s governor, the son of a Nazi, signed a new law making restrooms in schools co-ed. Here’s a clip from a news report dated October 13, 2007:

'Mom' and 'Dad' banished by California.
Schwarzenegger signs law outlawing terms perceived as negative to 'gays'.

The terms "Mom and Dad" as well as "husband and wife" effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who with his signature also ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose.

"We are shocked and appalled that the governor has blatantly attacked traditional family values in California," said Karen England.  “Gov. Schwarzenegger has told parents that their values are irrelevant. Many parents will have no choice but to pull their children out of the public schools that have now become sexualized indoctrination centers."
"Shame on Schwarzenegger and the Democrat politicians for ensuring that every California school becomes a homosexual-bisexual-transsexual indoctrination center," she said.  [End of news clip.]  


While the Jewish People have unique laws safeguarding the holiness of their marital lives, non-Jews also are forbidden to engage in sexual brazenness and perversion under the seven commandments of Bnei Noach.

Lot's Wife

Like our forefather, Avraham, we pray that Hashem will show mercy and spare California for the sake of the righteous people who live there. And we pray that the Jews will wake up and stop trying to be just as American and California Cool as the goyim, and hurry home to the Holy Land that awaits them.

Shabbat Shalom