In this week’s Parsha, V’yeira, Avraham sat in his tent and always loved to welcome guests. What a special mitzvah this is. The mitzvah of hachnasat orchim. One hot and sunny day in the desert, three people came to visit Avraham. But they were not just any three people. They were angels sent from Hashem to tell Avraham some very special news; that his wife Sarah was going to have a baby. Sarah was 90 years old, too old to have a baby. She could not believe it, so she laughed when she heard the news! That is why she named her baby boy Yitzchak. Yitzchak means “to laugh” in Hebrew.
The yeladim had the opportunity to be “angels” themselves. They walked in sand pretending to be on their way to meet Avraham in his tent. They took of their shoes, rolled up their pants and enjoyed feeling the sand on their feet.
After that, they walked on a long piece of paper with brown paint and made footprints all over the paper.
We expanded our conversation about hachnasat orchim, welcoming guests. We spoke about how sometimes on Shabbos our families invite people over for lunch. We made a special sign with footprints on it. We added the words, Bruchim Habaim. Now you can show everyone that your home always welcomes visitors.