"Hashem appeared to him in the plains of Mamre ('b'elonei mamre) while he was sitting at the opening of the tent..." (Genesis 18:1)
Meor Einayim suggests that Hashem reveals Himself to every person 'b'elonei mamre. 'Elonei' can mean strong, and 'mamre' implies rebellious.
The verse hints at the idea that even if a person is a strong rebel, greatly wicked - Hashem will appear to him and grant him thoughts of repentance to open a door for him to return!
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?
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