Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hosting guests


[Note: In Talmudic times, poultry was more expensive than beef.]

“Why do the offerings of Succot decrease each day?

“The Torah taught you the way of the world, via those offerings. If a person goes to stay somewhere, and his friend receives him, then on the first day the friend will receive him well and feed him poultry, on the second day the friend will feed him beef, on the third day the friend will feed him fish, on the fourth day the friend will feed him vegetables, and so it will decrease until the friend feeds him beans.”

(Midrash, Bamidbar Rabbah 21:25)

Chag sameach,

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