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Dear Mogen David Family,

Both Avraham and his nephew, Lot, are shining examples of Hachnasat Orchim, greeting and welcoming guests into one's home for food and shelter.

When the three malachim, angels, approach Avaraham and Sarah's tent, and when they pass the home of Lot, they are greeted warmly and invitingly. Avraham taught Lot well, and Lot was a good student; he emulated Avraham's Hachnasat Orchim--almost.

One important word separates Avraham and Lot. By Avraham, at the beginning of Parashat Vayera, the Torah informs us, "Vayarotz Likratam," Avraham ran to greet the malachim. He couldn't contain his excitement! Lot begged the three men to enter his home, eat his food, sleep comfortably. But he didn't run. This one word, this seemingly minor action, speaks volumes regarding the approaches of Avraham Avinu and his nephew Lot. And, as we know, sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. 

Baruch Hashem, we are a community of Hachnasat Orchim. Let us continue to run and seek new opportunities!

Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yehuda Moses Rav HaKehillah/Senior Rabbi




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