CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
אם נא מצאתי חן בעיניך אל נא תעבור מעל עבדיך (וירא יח:ג)If I find favor in Your eyes now, please pass now away from Your servant
A guest who appeared as a notable and well-learned person came to stay at the Trisker Maggid’s zt’’l home. Seeming of great Rabbinic stature, the Trisker Maggid personally tended to his guest’s needs, serving him food and preparing his bed for the night. At the end of the guest’s stay, the family noticed that the Yid was a lowly person and pretended to be a personality.
The Trisker Maggid’s family members were very disturbed, and the Maggid calmed them by explaining: “When Hashem wanted to test Avraham Avinu with the mitzvah, he also sent ‘fake guests’ – malachim – angels who didn’t need food or drink. Thus, the real mitzvah couldn’t be performed. Hashem wanted to teach His children for generations to come,” continued the Trisker Maggid. “That the main part of the mitzvah of Hachnasas Orchim is one’s Kavanah – intentions, doesn’t matter if the guest is worthy of receiving or not.”
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