It happened to Abimelech, the king of Gerar, when he kidnapped the matriarch Sarah. Abraham says of Abimelech, “For I have seen there is no fear of God in this land, for they would kill me on the account of my wife.” The Malbim interprets this as meaning that no matter how influential and intelligent one is, absent the fear of heaven one can potentially commit the most heinous crimes.

It happened to Pharaoh of Egypt who lost an entire kingdom. His notorious indomitableness resulted from a loss of reason, which impeded his senses and prudence.

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It’s happened countless times throughout history. Sadly, it is bound to happen again because sin waits at the door.

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Rav Yitzchok Fingerer is morah d’asra of BJX (Brooklyn Jewish Xperience) and an acclaimed speaker and writer. He is the author of “Search Judaism” (Targum) and “Strengthen Your Emunah” (Feldheim).