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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Lech Lecha

| October 20, 2010

The Text:

Gen 18:3-8 . And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, pass not away, I beseech you, from your servant; Let a little water, I beseech you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and you comfort your hearts; after that you shall pass on; seeing that you are come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said. And Abraham hurried to the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes. And Abraham ran to the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it to a young man; and he hurried to prepare it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they ate.

The Context:

Abram hears the voice of God calling him and he leaves his father’s land to follow God’s command.  A covenant is cut between God and Abram; this is the basis of the relationship between all Jewish people and God.  As a symbol of this special relationship, Abram and his wife Sarai change their names to Abraham and Sarah to reflect God’s presence in their lives. Abraham has no heir so Sarah’s maidservant is given to him in order to have a child.  This child is born and is named Ishmael.

What it Means for Advocates:

It is customary when invited into someone’s home to bring a gift of appreciation of some type.  Some bring flowers or a bottle of wine, for example.  Others elect to send a thank you note to the hosts following the celebration.  What if, instead of giving something material, you made a donation to MAZON in honor or appreciation of the hosts?  This would not only show that you appreciate being invited into a home, but that you also want to ensure that people in need have enough food, too.

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