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What is the first great thing Avraham did after he became a Jew?  The Torah tells us; the first thing he did was to welcome strangers.

 

Whatever you do between you and people is what you do between you and G-d.  Until Avraham, G-d was a stranger in the world.  Avraham’s whole thing was to bring G-d into the world.   What Avraham did between him and G-d is what he did between him and people.

After Avraham entered the covenant with G-d, Avraham fixed the world; whatever a person can do, that’s what Avraham did already.  After Avraham entered the covenant, his fixing began on that level where you don’t reach, where mamash everything is a stranger, it doesn’t belong here.

 

What Avraham did with welcoming strangers brought in G-d’s light where nothing else can reach.

 

Children are the greatest strangers in the world.  The way Avraham was welcoming angels, he was learning how to welcome Yitzchak.

 

To welcome a stranger means I take you into my house and just for those few minutes that you’re in my house, to fix you on that level beyond where actions reach.  It’s to the deepest, deepest depths. Do you know how deep this is?  I can ask somebody to my house and give them food, but I can take somebody into my house and make them perfect for a few minutes.

 

The difference between blessing somebody and praying for somebody is very simple.  Praying for somebody means I’m begging G-d to give it to you.  If He doesn’t give it to you, the world will still exist. Blessing somebody means that if G-d doesn’t give it to you the whole world is falling apart.




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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”


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