Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hachnasat Orchim, Welcoming Guests

As I write this the circus surrounding the catholic pope’s visit to Israel is at the peak of hysteria. I believe that all Jews, especially Israelis, whether “officially” religious or not, know the importance of the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim, Welcoming Guests.

So, if that’s so, why are so many of us appalled, embarrassed and worse at the enthusiastic welcome the State of Israel and its media have granted the goyishe religious leader?

We’re taught that the great Avraham Avinu, Our Forefather Abraham, even got up on the third day after his Brit Milah, circumcision, to welcome some strangers trudging by his tent. So isn’t the generous reception of the pope comparable? My answer is “no,” plain and simple. Let’s stay in
Bereishit, Genesis, and compare Avraham’s Hachnasat Orchim with Lot’s.

Avraham saw three unexpected strangers, hot, dehydrated exhausted. Instinctively, mindless of his own pain, he ran to help them.

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהוָה, בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא; וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח-הָאֹהֶל, כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם. 1 And the LORD appeared unto him by the terebinths of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; ב וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו, וַיַּרְא, וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים, נִצָּבִים עָלָיו; וַיַּרְא, וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל, וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ, אָרְצָה. 2 and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed down to the earth, ג וַיֹּאמַר: אֲדֹנָי, אִם-נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ--אַל-נָא תַעֲבֹר, מֵעַל עַבְדֶּךָ. 3 and said: 'My lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. ד יֻקַּח-נָא מְעַט-מַיִם, וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם; וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ, תַּחַת הָעֵץ. 4 Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline yourselves under the tree.

The pope did not arrive as an exhausted unexpected traveler. The State of Israel has been begging him to visit for years, and Israel has given all sorts of gifts to the pope. “Peres gave him two gifts: a nano-Bible – the entire 24 books of the Bible, from Genesis to Chronicles, written on a chip no bigger than a grain of sand - and a painting of a Menorah (candelabrum).
Arutz 7,” but although I googled, searching everywhere, I found no reference to any gifts from the pope.

Avraham’s guests were angels, disguised as wanderers, and they had a special gift for Avraham and Sarah, a promise from G-d that they would have a biological son, who would carry on their religion and inherit the leadership. Israel’s behavior towards the pope reminds me more of Lot’s version of Hachnasat Orchim.

Genesis Chapter 19 א וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה, בָּעֶרֶב, וְלוֹט, יֹשֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר-סְדֹם; וַיַּרְא-לוֹט וַיָּקָם לִקְרָאתָם, וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַפַּיִם אָרְצָה. 1 And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he fell down on his face to the earth; ב וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֶּה נָּא-אֲדֹנַי, סוּרוּ נָא אֶל-בֵּית עַבְדְּכֶם וְלִינוּ וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם, וְהִשְׁכַּמְתֶּם, וַהֲלַכְתֶּם לְדַרְכְּכֶם; וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹּא, כִּי בָרְחוֹב נָלִין. 2 and he said: 'Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way.' And they said: 'Nay; but we will abide in the broad place all night.' ג וַיִּפְצַר-בָּם מְאֹד--וַיָּסֻרוּ אֵלָיו, וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל-בֵּיתוֹ; וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם מִשְׁתֶּה, וּמַצּוֹת אָפָה וַיֹּאכֵלוּ. 3 And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. ד טֶרֶם, יִשְׁכָּבוּ, וְאַנְשֵׁי הָעִיר אַנְשֵׁי סְדֹם נָסַבּוּ עַל-הַבַּיִת, מִנַּעַר וְעַד-זָקֵן: כָּל-הָעָם, מִקָּצֶה. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both young and old, all the people from every quarter. ה וַיִּקְרְאוּ אֶל-לוֹט וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ, אַיֵּה הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר-בָּאוּ אֵלֶיךָ הַלָּיְלָה; הוֹצִיאֵם אֵלֵינוּ, וְנֵדְעָה אֹתָם. 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him: 'Where are the men that came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.' ו וַיֵּצֵא אֲלֵהֶם לוֹט, הַפֶּתְחָה; וְהַדֶּלֶת, סָגַר אַחֲרָיו. 6 And Lot went out unto them to the door, and shut the door after him. ז וַיֹּאמַר: אַל-נָא אַחַי, תָּרֵעוּ. 7 And he said: 'I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly. ח הִנֵּה-נָא לִי שְׁתֵּי בָנוֹת, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יָדְעוּ אִישׁ--אוֹצִיאָה-נָּא אֶתְהֶן אֲלֵיכֶם, וַעֲשׂוּ לָהֶן כַּטּוֹב בְּעֵינֵיכֶם; רַק לָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵל, אַל-תַּעֲשׂוּ דָבָר, כִּי-עַל-כֵּן בָּאוּ, בְּצֵל קֹרָתִי. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these men do nothing; forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof.'

It’s more like “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Lot tried to be like Abraham, but when things became difficult, he offered his virgin daughters to pacify the attackers. Those were the same daughters who later got him drunk and then seduced him when he was in a drunken stupor, so that they would have children and the world wouldn’t die out. They too paved their road to hell with good intentions.

That’s the best way of describing the political leadership of the State of Israel, followers of Lot and not Abraham. And anyone who must travel in Jerusalem can also describe all the roadwork as Hell, paved with good intentions. And talking of roads, we must not give up.

Kall ha’olam kulo, gesher tzar me’od,
The entire world is nothing but a narrow bridge,
and we must never fear,
not at all!


Marcel said...

'So, if that’s so, why are so many of us appalled, embarrassed and worse at the enthusiastic welcome the State of Israel and its media have granted the goyishe religious leader?'

I think I have the answer.
For decades now Jew's have fallen over themselves welcoming the big empires' peace hustlers as they came to visit Israel with their plan to carve up God's land to His enemies.
How Israel fawned over Bill 'the perveret Clinton and his adoring smile ,and how Israel was enraptured by the missionary Bush and his religion of dividing their eternal homeland for the lie peace.
Israel showed great honor and respect to these devils,theives liar and deceivers as they pimped their fraudelent peace.
I think Israel was seduced by power and went down to Egypt(Wahington) with abandon.
Finally you awaken to the fruit of your foolish deeds.Maybe now,the Jewish people have wised up a little and desire to clean the filth of their fornication with these powerful 'peace'husltlers who EASILY steal their land for only lies in return ,maybe the long awaited Awakening has begun as naive Jes no longer fall for the same scam even from aan ex-nazi all dressed in white robes.
Congratulations Israel, it took long enough to awaken from your religious devition to the 2 state final solution.

Batya said...

More to fix, oy.
Sorry, Marcel, but I'm tired and can't give this a worthy reply.

josh said...

Before pope being allowed onto the temple mount, the chief wakf dude objected that he keep his shoes on and was quoted as saying that he needs to take his shoes off like everyone else.

Was the pope asked to remove his cross before they gave him 20m of kotel for his photo op?

Batya said...

It seems that Israel made no demands, no pride, no standards. Disgraceful

Shiloh said...

What I tell you Muse. So glad they love us to death.

Batya said... celebrations on Masada?

Shiloh said...

Yes, like many. Now they set us up for their last go. Then they wonder why Esav takes such a hit in the end. Measure for measure it will be.

Batya said...

It's not over till it's over.

Marcel said...

'Now they set us up for their last go'

You left out the part where you invited all these wolves into your house with open arms and gave them your arms first(Gaza),your legs and now your head (Jerusalem) ,all for their faux peace instead of the Holy One of Israel's peace.

You rejected * HIS WAY TO PEACE and ran to the studly,smiling, powerful goyim for their poison peace.

* 'I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.
"And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you.
"I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.
"Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.
"And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
"You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
"They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."
Exodus 23 :27-33

You can ignore the truth of what I say for only a limited time because God always holds us accountable to what He has spoken in His word to His own people.
You chased after the goyim for peace and ignored the Holy One of Israel. It should come as no surprise that your way was not His way and you need to take responsibility for going after idol's to find peace only Hashem could give you. Humble yourselves and seek His mercy and forgivness because your pride will lead to your destruction.

Batya said...

marcel, please do us all a favor and don't preach.


Marcel said...

marcel, please do us all a favor and don't preach.

They said the same thing to Yeremiah.
The Prime Minister of Israel at the time even threw his scroll into the fire and told him to stop preaching and you know what happened to him ?

Of course I won't offend you with the truth.
Thank you,You helped me.
I do understand how a majority of Israel's population could be dumbed down enough to assist in their own destruction.
The Jew in name only politicians don't preach,they just lie, and Israel loves it so.
I won't rock your world with the truth as I understand that it is offensive to tender ears.

Keli Ata said...


I posted a comment on this on your A7 blog but it didn't go through. I don't know if it was censored or if the blog section has posting problems. There might be a problem since this post didn't get a single comment, which I find very odd.

This is a wonderful post!

Batya said...

marcel, your comments are long, and I'm just a blogger not the government nor majority of people.

keli, it sometimes takes almost a day for the a7 comments to show.

Shiloh said...

I get a kick out of the goyim, especially the replacement theologists. How they are being puffed up just to be destroyed. What a destiny they have. They don't know what's about to hit them.

Shabbat Shalom

Batya said...

Shiloh, so true,
Shabbat Shalom to you, too.

Marcel said...

'I get a kick out of the goyim, especially the replacement theologists. How they are being puffed up just to be destroyed. What a destiny they have. They don't know what's about to hit them. '

Ellen,How wrong you are.
I along with many others have been warning the goyim of what is now coming upon them since Batya encouraged me to start my own blog in 2005.
The problem with the wicked everywhere including in Israel is that they just don't believe God but they will believe a savy street oragnizer from Chicago as we saw most of America's Jews did.

If you mean to insinuate that I am part of Replacement Theology than you are a false accuser,a liar,one who shrowds her darkness with religious garb as I have been making war against them from the beginning .
I won't preach to Israel I will let the God they ignore speak to them.

"For thus says the LORD:
'We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob's trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
'For it shall come to pass in that day,'
Says the LORD of hosts,
'That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
But they shall serve the LORD their God,
And David their king,
Whom I will raise up for them.
'Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,' says the LORD,
'Nor be dismayed, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from afar,
And your seed from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet,
And no one shall make him afraid.
For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you;
Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
But I will correct you in justice,
And will not let you go altogether unpunished.'

"For thus says the LORD:
'Your affliction is incurable,
Your wound is severe.
There is no one to plead your cause,
That you may be bound up;
You have no healing medicines.
All your lovers have forgotten you;
They do not seek you;
For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
With the chastisement of a cruel one,
For the multitude of your iniquities,
Because your sins have increased.
Why do you cry about your affliction?
Your sorrow is incurable.
Because of the multitude of your iniquities,
Because your sins have increased,
I have done these things to you.
Jer 30:16
'Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
Those who plunder you shall become plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,' says the LORD,
'Because they called you an outcast saying:
"This is Zion;
No one seeks her."'
Jeremiah 30

Shiloh said...

Hey there replacement theologian, if you are going to quote our book, do so in Ivrit.