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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rabbi Alon 's "Raising a Spiritual Child"

Those who attended Rabbi's class on raising a spirtitual child learned of this week's parsha from the Torah.
In Parashat Vayeira, we learn about our patriarch Abraham, who kindness to guests was exemplary.  Abraham kept the sides of his tent open so that he could watch for the arrival of guests.  On this particular occasion a\Abraham was in this tent recovering from circumcision.  However, when he saw the strangers coming, he swiftly ran to offer the very best that he and Sarah could offer.  The welcome he and Sarah provided included providing the guests water for washing their feet and bidding them to rest in the shade.
The guests were also served a leisurely feast that consisted of cakes of fine-meal and tender calf.  Abraham was such a gracious host that when they left, he began....walking with them to send them off."  Genesis 18:16

Modeling more than the standard level of courtesy, Abraham embraced the spirit of hospitality. Rabbi encouraged those to use this story to help teach the importance of welcoming guests into our home.  

Here are some practical ways in which you can practice hospitlaity!
1.  Encourage your children to regularly particpate in playdates at your house
2.  Encourage them to accept invitations when they are invited to play at another children's homes
3. When you have house guests for an overnight visit, encourage your children to participate in making your guest feel comfortable.  They can set the table for dinner, or help bakes cookies for dessert.
4.  When you are invited to someone's house for a meal, model for and explain to your children the importance of bringing a small gift as a way of showing your appreciation.

These are some examples that evolve some sort of action:  planning, cooking, decorating, serving and ultimately demonstrating a genuine concern for and care about others.

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