"We are in danger of losing the art of hospitality. We don’t welcome strangers any more; we are afraid of them. We don’t invite people to our homes anymore; we entertain at restaurants or clubs. We don’t greet people on the street; we avoid them. We don’t even answer our phones without checking caller ID to see if it is someone we know or want to talk to. In keeping to ourselves, visiting only those with whom we are already friends and talking only to those people we wish to talk to, we are slowly losing a part of our souls.
Kindness to others, is not simply an imperative to improve the lives of those who seek welcome. The act of hospitality improves the lives of those who offer it. Welcoming, serving and feeding others embody the values of generosity of spirit, of sharing what we have, of caring for others when they are in need. In short, the act of offering welcome is an act that humanizes us and nourishes our souls."
Rabbi Ron Wolfson, The Spirituality of Welcoming