In this week’s Parsha, in the midst of conversing with G-d, Avraham sees three men approaching and runs to welcome them to his home. From Avraham’s behaviour we learn that welcoming guests is greater than receiving the Shechinah, the Divine Presence. (Talmud, Shabbos 127a)
But, having no precedent from which to learn, how did Avraham know that it was permissible to welcome human company during his reception of the Divine Presence? Was he not concerned that such behaviour was inappropriate and disrespectful to his esteemed Guest?
Avraham’s conclusion that it was permissible was based simply on the weather. Rashi notes that it was unusually hot that day, as G-d sought to spare Avraham the trouble of welcoming guests: “G-d took the sun out of its sheath so as not to trouble him with visitors.”
Noticing G-d’s interference with the weather patterns, Avraham realized what was going on. He wondered: if a meeting with G-d may not be interrupted to welcome people into your home, then what need is there for Divine intervention to keep the passersby away right now? From the fact that G-d “took the sun out of its sheath” even while appearing to Avraham, in order to prevent guests from disturbing him, Avraham deduced that if guests would pass by, it was obviously still a mitzvah to welcome them even if it would disturb his meeting with G-d. Hence, concluded Avraham, welcoming guests must be greater than receiving the Shechinah! So when three men approached during G-d’s visit, “He saw, and he ran toward them…”
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 25, p.82, fn. 45)
Until the lockdown eases the following are the only services the Chabad House is holding this week:
Hebrew School – Mid week Hebrew reading Zoom sessions will begin this week, with each Alef Champ level receiving a specific slot.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah lessons – Tutoring for bar/bat mitzvah is continuing either outdoors or via Zoom.
Friday 3:00-5:00 PM Contactless pickup for your Shabbos essentials – freshly baked challahs, Shabbos candles, kosher wine and grape juice. Reservation only, call or text to arrange a pickup.
Shabbat Times for This Week
Candle Lighting 7:26 PM
Shabbat Ends 8:25 PM
Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
We wish David Apfel a happy birthday!
We wish Diana Shaul a happy birthday!
We wish Hillel Du Plessis a happy birthday!
Wishing you a Good Shabbos, and we hope to see you again soon!
Rabbi Mendel & Esther Hecht