Sunday, May 31, 2009

The importance of welcoming guests


Preface: The nations of Ammon and Moav, descendants of Sarah's brother Lot, were living east of Canaan when the Jews arrived from the desert. The Jews requested safe passage, and were denied, and the result is that the Torah [Devarim 23] instructed us not to marry [male] Ammonites and Moabites.

"Rabbi Yochanan said, in the name of Rabbi Yosi ben Kisma: Offering a meal is so great that its absence caused two families to be distanced from Israel!"

(Talmud, Sanhedrin 103b)

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