Rabbi Susan Grossman, 10/22/2004
Sermon for Lech Lecha 5765 (2004)
How to Go To War: Lessons from Father Abraham
By Rabbi Susan Grossman
Beth Shalom Congregation
The Book of Genesis is filled with firsts: the first couple, Adam and Eve, the first murder, Cain slaying Abel, the first Jews, Abraham and Sarah.
Our parsha this morning, Lecha Lecha, introduces us to another first, the first war ever waged in the world: the war of the four Kings of Shinar, Elasar, Elam and Goum who attacked the five kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and Zoar.