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Beit Midrash Series Ein Ayah

based on Ein Ayah, Shabbat 14:10

Preserving the Memory of the Lessons of Charity

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Gemara: Rav Dimi said: No one ever drowned in the Dead Sea.

Ein Ayah: Sodom was a place of destruction. Its existence in the world was to show that charity is the source of existence and that evil is the source of destruction in the world. The destruction of Sodom came because they were very far from charity, as it says, "The hand of the poor and the destitute they did not support" (Yechezkel 16:49). This comes to teach the world that people should cling to the attribute of being charitable.

The Dead Sea, which is near Sodom, was formed with the help of the destruction of Sodom. That destruction, which taught the world a lot in regard to the need for an approach of charity, was a reason for the world to continue on. This is hinted at by the statement that no one ever drowned in the Dead Sea.
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