Saturday, December 5, 2009

True religious celebration


"And when one eats and drinks he must also feed “the stranger, the orphan and the widow,” along with all other paupers and needy people. For one who closes his yard’s gates and eats and drinks with his childern and wife and does not feed the needy and people of bitter spirit, this is not joy of a mitzvah; it is joy of his belly.

"Regarding such people it says, “Their offerings are as bread of sadness; all who eat it will be contaminated, for their bread is for their lives.” Joy such as this is shame for them, as it is written, “I will scatter peresh upon your faces, the peresh of your holiday-offerings.”"

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Yom Tov 6:18)

Have a great day,

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