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As a camp counselor my fantasy was year round camp. Instead of ending camp and returning to school and work, we’d just stay at camp all year round. I’d live with my closest friends, we’d always have fun activities, and, thanks to the kitchen staff, we’d never have to cook! What could be better than that?
As I grew older I realized that maybe my year-round-camping idea wasn’t really the best idea after all…
In the first line of Parshat Chayei Sarah, we are told that Sarah, our first matriarch, lived to the age of 127. The wording in the very first line of the parsha is a bit unusual—it says Sarah was “one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years.” Rashi explains the repetition by saying that her life was divided into three distinct period, each with its own uniqueness and particular characteristics. I suspect all of us could divide our lives into distinct periods, some more memorable than others!
Abraham runs to the edge of his tent. He spots three messengers approaching. Then he gazes up at them and greets them. In doing so, Abraham creates a timeless model for the practice of hachnasat orchim, or welcoming guests, that informs how we welcome others into our synagogues, our homes, and into our lives. But wait — why does the Torah tell us that Abraham looked twice when he greeted the guests, and what might this teach us about true hospitality?
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Camp Ramah in Northern California operates under the educational guidance of the National Ramah Commission and is supported by an accelerator grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Avi Chai Foundation. Camp Ramah in Northern California also receives financial support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Camp Ramah in Northern California is a proud partner of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.