November 10, 2011 4:48 am at 4:48 am #600439
Why don’t we make a seuda when a child is weaned as we see in this weeks parsha that Avraham made one?November 10, 2011 4:50 am at 4:50 am #942067
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Because they didn’t have similac or enfamil in those days 🙂November 10, 2011 5:20 am at 5:20 am #942068
Ayc: ha ha, I know there is a medrash that Yitzchak was weaned when he was 13 and the seuda was a bar mitzvah type seuda. What is pashut pshat though?November 10, 2011 5:27 am at 5:27 am #942069
Speaking of the parsha, I came to a thought-provoking lesson from the opening story of the parsha. Avraham Avinu, while in tremendous pain, ran to greet 3 strangers who looked to be in need of help. He brought them to his tent, gave them food (that Sara Imeinu quickly prepared for them), and made sure their needs were satisfied. And what makes this even more incredible is that Avraham thought them to be idol-worshipers, as Rashi points out from the fact that Avraham had them wash their feet before eating, since he assumed they had been worshiping idols. And even so, Avraham did not hesitate to greet them kindly, offer them sustenance, and make sure their needs were met.
What a lesson we can take from this. How many of us would do such an amazing thing even for a fellow Jew, let alone an “idol worshiper”? Hopefully we can follow in Avraham’s and Sara’s footsteps.November 10, 2011 6:31 am at 6:31 am #942070
Sam, our Seudos are usually for a Yiddishe cause. We don’t make a Seuda for a birthday, although you might make a party or whatever you want. Avraham Avinu might have been celebrating his special situation.
His coin showed an old couple on side and a young couple on the other. The medrash says that people brought their children to Sara Imeinu to nurse them, just to see and experience the amazing Ness. When Yitzchok was weened that period was completed.November 10, 2011 6:38 am at 6:38 am #942071
so your saying it was a special occasion at that time specifically,makes sense.March 31, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #942072
The Rashbam compares this seudah to Chana bringing Shmuel to the beis hamikdash when he was weaned. It seems that the method for an akeress to thank Hashem when she finally has a child is by making a seudah when the baby is weaned.
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