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
Reb Yehuda and Rav said: “גדולה הכנסת אורחים מקבלת השכינה” – Taking in guests is greater than greeting the Shechina – Hashem.
Maran Rebbe Yissochar Dov of Belz zt’’l once asked the grandchildren of Reb Meir Shochet (Gross) a’’h, renowned for his Hachnasas Orchim, what their grandfather served his guest. They answered, “A bean soup.” Maran told them, “This is how one should conduct the mitzvah of Hachnasas Orchim. Because with meat, one can’t fulfill the mitzvah completely.” Since, in those times, meat was expensive, he would have had to serve a small portion, and his guests would stay hungry.
Once the wife of Reb Meir Shochet a’’h came with her husband to Maran Rebbe Yissochar Dov of Belz zt’’l. She told Maran about a dispute she was having with her husband. Her husband had a great reputation for hosting guests, but in essence, the hard work of preparing and serving the guests was on her. She wanted to know if, in the World to Come, her husband would receive the full reward and what her share would be.
Maran Rebbe Yissocher Dov replied, “You’re naive. Your husband will have to beg you for a share of your merits because if he brings guests and no one cooks and prepares for them, how can he fulfill the mitzvah of Hachanasas Orchim?”
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