Hope you’re having a great day!
Here’s one of the most fascinating stories in the Torah. (Genesis,18)
… Abraham is sitting in front of his tent, recuperating from his circumcision.
And G-d appears to him. Has something to tell him.
But Abraham looks up and sees three strangers approaching.
And he does something unbelievable.
He says to G-d, “Please don’t leave.
I’m going to take care of these strangers. I’ll be right back.”
Abraham puts G-d on hold!
… We know how it feels.
We’re on the phone and hear, “Hold on. I have another call.”
It doesn’t quite make our day!
And Abraham puts G-d on hold?
The Talmud picks up on it
“From here we see that it’s greater to take care of guests than to speak to G-d.”
Sounds very nice. But does it make sense?
What could be more spiritual than speaking to G-d?
… Ask a thinking person, “What would be the most meaningful experience possible?”
(We’re not talking fancy cars)!
They would probably say, “Boy. If G-d would speak to me!”
And if you asked an atheist?
He might say, “If there was a G-d … and He would speak to me.”
The Talmud says no!
It’s taking care of people in need.
… It’s an amazing Torah teaching.
Sure. Speaking to G-d is very spiritual.
Beyond our comprehension.
But there is something even more spiritual.
… When we do acts of Chessed? Acts of kindness?
We are being like G-d.
And that is the greatest!
Have a great Shabbat,