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Not only is hachnasat orchim a Jewish value, but it is also a mitzvah, a commandment within Judaism.  This value is biblically modelled by Abraham and Sarah, who warmly welcomed three visitors to their tent, only to discover that they were angels, messengers of G-d (Genesis 18:1-15).  This virtue of hospitality is not simply about standing at a door and welcoming those who choose to walk through that door, but it is about bringing in all guests or strangers.  An aspect of hospitality, then, is inclusiveness; it is essential that we depend on each other, support each other, and be united together. Being inclusive means bringing people in as part of the larger community--kehilla.  Implicit to being inclusive and hospitable is a welcoming and gracious demeanor.  


Tradition often provides three ways in which hachnasat orchim plays a role in our lives today.  Between people, hospitality is about bringing in guests, inviting guests, and being welcoming.  Between you and yourself, this value is about being gracious and accepting of the various traits you might have.  Between you and G-d, this is about thinking of ways in which G-d can continuously be present in your life, even though you may not realize G-d is there.  


Questions for Personal Reflection:

1. How do we invite G-d into our lives?

2. How can the entrances to our houses be more welcoming and accessible?

3. What can you do personally to be more welcoming and hospitable?

4. How can you incorporate the value of hachnasat orchim in your classroom?


Welcome new people into your life. Help make new friends feel like they belong, and try to get to know them.

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