A Beautiful Observation on the ‘Virtue’ of Hospitality

 

“Hospitality is a bridge to all the great

 

virtues, but it is immediately accessible.

 

You don’t have to love or forgive or feel

 

compassion to extend hospitality. But

 

it’s more than an invitation. It is the

 

creation of a safe, inviting, trustworthy

 

space — an atmosphere as much as

 

a place. It shapes the experience to

 

follow. It creates the intention, the

 

spirit, and the boundaries for what

 

is possible. As creatures, it seems,

 

we imagine a homogeneity in other

 

groups that we know not to be there

 

in our own. But new social realities

 

are brought into being over time by a

 

quality of relationship between unlikely

 

combinations of people. When in doubt,

 

practice hospitality”

 

 

 

From Krista Tippett

 

Author: Dov Gartenberg

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is the Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot-New Faces.

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