8 Elul 5783 – 25 August 2023
“Do not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother; do not despise an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land”
Based upon this verse, the Talmud teaches: Do not throw a stone into the well from which you drank (Baba Kama 92b).
Even though Egypt eventually subjected us to brutal slavery, deadly torture and mass murder – they originally welcomed Jacob and his family to their land where we did live for a time undisturbed. For that initial hospitality, we must be grateful.
There are experiences and relationships that we sometimes have in life that were ultimately not healthy for us. But we must always be grateful for any benefit that we did receive.
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
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