In heaven three angels received an unexpected and very exciting text. They were to descend to the earth to visit Abraham’s tent to bring him the good news about a new child Isaac who would be born to him and Sarah etc. Looking from heaven they imagined that they would meet a great saint and mystic, a spiritual leader and great sage.
Instead they met a caterer… When they come to his tent he provides them with the finest cuisine and he personally prepares it and keeps them company and makes sure that they are comfortable.
They must’ve been perplexed! Is this a spiritual giant or just a nice guy who knows how to cook a good dinner?!
Being from heaven you cannot blame the Angels. Here on earth the holiest people are those who transcend themselves to be there for another. That transforms selfish earthliness into divine transcendence.
Are you able to put yourself aside to truly wholeheartedly serve the needs of another? That is the mark of Jewish greatness.
Mendel (Menachem) Bluming, Potomac, Maryland