Friday, November 18, 2016

Shabbat Around the Table -- Vayera

This week's portion is Vayera. Abraham and Sarah graciously and without hesitation welcome three wandering strangers into their home and offer them food. It is the perfect illustration of Middle Eastern hospitality and the Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests). These are important values at any time of year, but how much more so this week?

With Thanksgiving upon us, we can teach our children the importance of hospitality and how to be good hosts. We can expect them to say "Welcome to our home!" and "Can I get you a drink?" when your guests arrive.  We can encourage them to offer the turkey to their sibling or their grandmother before they take some for themselves. We can teach them to consider the needs of others before they tend to their own needs and the importance of sharing with others all that they are blessed with. Happy Thanksgiving!

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