The Open Door

Rabbi Avi Killip

Pesah Reader 5784

When i was a child, my mother would announce at each Pesah Seder that she had made a donation to a food bank in honor of each guest. She explained that she began this annual practice since today we cannot open our doors directly to the poor. I always understood this to be a wonderful example of caring for the wider world, never once questioning the underlying assumption—and the lesson I was learning—that we cannot actually open our doors directly. Why not? Why couldn’t we invite someone hungry to come and eat at our table with us?