Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why one should say a little, while doing a lot


We are taught (Bava Metzia 87a) that righteous people promise little, and then do a lot. This emerges from Avraham's conduct with his visitors, in which he offered basic bread and then provided a feast. The Maharsha elaborated:

"A guest will, at times, refrain from entering, and a beneficiary will refrain from receiving, in order to avoid burdening the benefactor. This is why Avraham said, 'You won't be burdening me a great deal; just eat some bread with me, and then you'll travel on.'"

(Maharsha, Chiddushei Aggadot to Bava Metzia 87a)

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