Baal Shem Tov Vayeira 1

  1. We know Avrohom interrupted speaking to God to invite guests – from here our sages deduce that inviting guests is greater than receiving the Divine – but as inviting guests may incur waste of Torah study, or Lashoin hara – nonetheless..

  2.  Oirech (guest) is Oir / Ches – the light of Ches which refers to the world to come, for s/he who invites guests, receives the world to come.
  3. The guest brings Torah to the host – according to the caliber of the guest, so is the Torah that is revealed to the host.

  4. Avrohom told Sara, hurry prepare three “pounds” of flour, and she took from the best – from here our sages deduce, that a woman is “cheap” with guests – the question is obvious (for she did from the best – while Avrohom said regular) so the Baal Shem Tov gave an example- once there was a lion who told his cubs, “we are the strongest of the animals” – so the cubs confidently strode to see the world – they came to an abandon palace and there they saw all types of images of animals- they also saw Shimshoin Hagibor tearing a lion as if it was a goat – terrified they ran back to their father… – “actually this proves the point… – for it shows that one person was capable of such a feat, hence it is being highlighted…” – similarly Sara was very righteous (hence she gave unstintingly.)
  5. The Name אלד  is good for a woman giving birth by concentrating that the  א represents Chochmah and Binah – the ל the three pillars (I think this means right, left, center) and ד which is the Shechina, and one should have in mind to draw down from above to below.

There are only three ways of looking at reality, the first is that there is a fundamental separation between good and evil, and effectively the faith systems will say that certain things are good and certain things are evil – and some type of reward or punishment will come about through adhering to the former and staying away from the latter – the other system is one based fundamentally on instinct, so effectively it’s whatever I can get away with – the third and the truth which is much more subtle or much more complex, and obviously empirically evident is that every single thing, and let’s focus for a moment on the most powerful drives, for that which has the greatest power can both go north or south, right or left, and be a force for great construction or great destruction


Read this, integrate it, understand it, as if it was YOU – now in our western lonely civilization, which by the way, loneliness is a greater indicator of all health issues, and stands to reason, mental health issues as well – Than Any Other Factor!! Every Single Person That You Interact With, Apart From The Fact That Chances Are: You May Be The Only Nice Person In Their Life!! You Are Literally One Of The Main Reasons That They Will LIVE – and I’m going to give you an example, if I may use myself… that there was a lady who I would visit in a nursing home every day for only about 5 minutes, and towards the end of her life she told me – and she had suffered from terrible pain – that the reason she did not commit suicide, was she would look forward to those 5 minutes everyday