A Small-Big Event

Stop. The Torah stops telling all the sequence of events this week, just to describe with detail a tiny event: how one person welcomes guests to his tent, how Avraham Avinu runs after three strangers to check how they are doing and to let them eat and drink.

Why? Because this is the most important thing. Because this is not a science or history book. The word “Torah” comes from the same root as the word Hora’ah (הוראה, instruction) – its purpose is to teach, to guide, to educate. Therefore it does not report almost anything about all the nations and kingdoms who rose and fell during that time period, but does stop and slow its pace when it talks about welcoming guests. Thousands of years are described in a few verses, but when there is an important human lesson – we should stop and learn and reach conclusions. All these “small” deeds, which no researcher would have dwelt on, are eventually the most meaningful and influential thing. It’s a fact. Thousands of years after this guest-welcoming, we learn about it again this week.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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