Here is a suggestion from one of the Radical Hospitality enthusiasts:
What if, once a week, when I cook a meal, I cook more than I need? Then call one of these people:
- - Someone I know who is having a tough time
- - Someone who cannot cook
- - Someone whom I know is not eating well
…and say either:
- - “I cooked too much food! Can I bring you some?”
- - “I cooked too much food! Come help eat it!”
The worst that can happen is that you get no takers, in which case you pop the extra into the freezer and take it to the next shiva you attend as “food for later.”
I love this. I will admit that I am not quite ready to commit to once a week for this spiritual practice, but I am willing to commit to once a month. I’ll let you know how it goes.
One thing is bugging me about posting this. I’m aware that not everyone who reads this is financially or physically able to cook for others. There are too many people who don’t even have food for themselves. If you are such a person, I’m truly sorry. I hope you get an invitation to a meal, and I hope that your situation changes for the better very soon.
My thanks to the Radical Hospitality enthusiast who suggested this! If you have an idea for how to expand the love and the mitzvot in Jewish life via hospitality, don’t keep it all to yourself. Tell me, and I’ll post it, and give you credit if you want it. Or start your own blog. Or best of all, DO it and TEACH others to do it too!
I wish all my readers a Shabbat Shalom!