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God As ‘Judge’

God As ‘Judge’

I greatly enjoyed  the  discerning  discussion by Phyllis Chesler and Rivka Haut in the “Sabbath Week” column on “Chayei Sarah” (“The Sacrifice Of Sarah,” Oct. 29). One assertion, though, requires correction.
After writing about Sarah’s invoking God to judge between herself and her husband, they state: “This is the first biblical reference to God as ‘judge.’” Sorry — it’s the second!
In the previous portion (“Vayera,” 18:25), we find Abraham famously invoking God’s mercy to spare Sodom: “Shall the Judge of all the earth not do justice?”

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