1. Abraham was 75 years old when he left Haran. Lot went with him.
2. Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised.
Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed a few days after Abraham's circumcision.
Therefore, Abraham was 99 years old when Sodom and Gomorrah
were destroyed. Lot was spared. 24 years have elapsed.
QUESTION: Did Lot live in Sodom for 24 years?
3. We have been studying the destruction of Sodom.
One of the sources states that Sodom was 52 years old
vs Zoar was a younger city, which was only 51 years old.
4. I found this on the Internet: According to the Talmud,
there was a span of only 26 years between a war in the area and
and the ultimate destruction. I assume the war means the Battle of Siddim.
5. MAIN QUESTION: I am trying to figure out the 52 year timeline for Sodom and when the Battle of Siddim took place within the 52 year history.
The 5 kings (which included Sodom) served the 4 kings (specifically Chedorlaomer) for 12 years. The 5 kings rebelled in the 13th year.
In the Battle of Siddim, the 4 kings defeated the 5 kings.
Did the Battle take place in the 14th year?
Then Abraham defeated the 4 kings. Abraham also rescued Lot.
I think the Battle happened when Abraham was still around 75 years old.
6. This accounts for 14 years of Sodom's history.
Does that mean that Sodom existed 12 years before Chedorlaomer ruled over them?
Based on the Talmud note above, did Sodom exist another 26 years after the Battle of Siddim?
I am a member of a large-ish congregation. Over time, I've noticed that our (mostly young) rabbis rarely participate as members in events, and seldom bring their spouse and children to congregation events. Is this a Reform policy or minhag? It seems odd to me. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Hello! To preface this, I must say that I myself am not Jewish. Rather, I am emailing you on behalf of my younger cousin, who is. I apologize if this isn't the kind of questions that you usually handle.
My cousin, Hannah, is 10. Her mother was Jewish, while Hannah's father (my uncle) is not (he's agnostic, most of our family is agnostic or some denomination of Christian). However, Hannah's mother unfortunately died when she was quite young, leaving my uncle to raise her alone. Hannah has expressed that she feels estranged from her Jewish heritage, and very much wants to connect.
Our family is fully supportive of this, but also at a bit of a loss on how to help her in this. She has no immediate Jewish relatives, and dropping her off at the nearest synagogue once a week alone makes her father uncomfortable.
Would it be appropriate for him to accompany her?
Another concern is her bat mitzvah. It is our understanding that a proper bat mitzvah involves a lot of planning on the parent's part, and a lot of studying for Hannah to prepare. Could you offer some insight into how we can best support her and help her reconnect with her culture (and possibly religion)? For reference, we live in Colorado in the U.S..