In this week’s Torah portion of Vayera, we read the story of the sinful city of Sodom, whose residents enacted laws forbidding hosting guests or helping the needy and “were very evil and sinful against the Lord.”God tested them when he sent angels disguised as humans who came to the city toward evening and were hosted by the only resident who did not obey these evil laws – Lot, the nephew of Abraham. When the city’s residents found out, they gathered around Lot’s house and demanded he send his guests out of his house where they could lynch them.The residents of Sodom failed God’s test. There weren’t even 10 righteous people who could save the town. The punishment: the city of Sodom was destroyed when God rained fire and brimstone from the sky. The city became a symbol of destruction and desolation.