In this week's parsha Lot hosts 2 strangers in his house (19;3).
The torah (19;4) then relates that all the people of the city began complaining
(see Rashi, 19;4).
Lot then responded (19;8): "See now, I have two daughters who have never known a
man. I shall bring them out to you and you may do to them what is good in your
eyes; but to these men do nothing inasmuch as they have come under the shelter
of my roof."
Rashi (19;8) explains that Lot said: "For you should do me this favor, out of
respect for me, inasmuch they have come under the shelter of my roof."
However, the obvious question is: How could Lot offer up his 2 daughters to be
defiled just so that he could host 2 strangers in his home?
Secondly, what exactly is Rashi adding to the pasuk? He seems to simply be
repeating the end of the pasuk in different words!?!
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig explains that Rashi is teaching us that Lot only cared
about himself-his own honor. We could see this from a close reading of Rashi as
he states (19;8): "For you should do this favor OUT OF RESPECT FOR ME." Meaning,
Lot was only focusing on the level of respect he would gain from others. Lot
wanted to gain the reputation as being a person who protects their guests.
Meaning, Lot didn't really care about his guests-he was merely concerned about
his honor and dignity being violated. For one's own honor, Rabbi Zweig explains,
some people are actually willing to sacrifice their own children in order to
obtain the kind of reputation they want. Therefore, Lot offered his 2 daughters
in order so that he could gain the reputation as being one who protects their
guests. Similarly, Rashi is explaining that Lot's reasoning for offering his 2
daughters for the betterment of the 2 strangers was that he was only concerned
about his own respect ("out of respect for me").