Monday, November 14, 2016


Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers -- 
for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.      
---Hebrews 13:2

Challah-mission.  That`s supposed to be something like `Inter-mission`!

Like an intermission,  to take a little time to invite you to rest, have some challah,  in the middle of the excitement of reading about Abraham! 

 It is also a chance to practice one of the characteristics that Father Abraham is noted for!
What might that be?!
I just learned that in Hebrew the word for hospitality is Hachnasat Orchim.
In Japan we call it omotenashi!

In the opening scene of the parsha this week, Abraham is entertaining guests with Sarah in their tent.   The scripture above from Hebrews refers to that meeting.  I loved finding out that connection, and so many other things about this parsha.   The `men` that Abraham and Sarah showed hospitality to were three angels with three very important missions. *These are the readings! 

VaYera  and He appeared   Gen. 18:1~22:24, 2Kings 4:1~37, Luke 1:26~38, 24:36~53
Enjoy the Challah,  take some time in the tents,
Shavua tov ! Have a great week!!

So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quick! Knead three measures of fine flour and prepare bread loaves!"  Then to the herd Abraham ran and took a young ox, tender and good, and he gave it to the servant, who prepared it quickly.  Then he took butter and milk and the young ox that he had prepared and set it before them.  
While he was standing by them under the tree, they ate.

---Genesis 18: 6~8

*For a clear and lively telling about this parsha, including the missions of the three angels,  HERE is an article geared towards children which I found very welcoming. 

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