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Returning from the Trip

Returning from the Trip

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1. It is preferable to return from a journey while it is still day.

2. A married man who goes on an extended trip should bring his wife gifts upon his return1.

3. One should try to get an aliyah on the Shabbos following his return2.

4. Upon returning from a trip, one should not enter his home suddenly. He should notify his family members of his presence by either knocking or calling first3.

5. One should not enter his house from a trip while he is hungry. When one is hungry, he is very irritable and may become angry quickly at one of his family members4.

The Hebrew word for “escort” is לויה — leviyah. There are a number of interesting hints found in this word as an acronym.

1) לויה is an acronym for לחיים ולשלום ילך האורח — “The guest should go towards life and peace.” Using the same word starting from the end gives the acronym המלוה ילך וישוב לחיים — “The escorter should go and return towards life.”

2) The letters of לויה (rearranged) form an acronym for ולא יתן המשחית לבא — “He will not allow the destructive forces to come.”

Footnotes
1.
אהלך באמיתך פרק כ"ז הערה ח'
2.
שערי אפרים שער ב' סעיף י"ג
3.
שלחן השלם פרק פ"ח:ט"ו הובא מספר תוי יהושע הלכות ד"א סימן ה' ס"י
4.
קבלה מהגה"ק מהר"מ מרימנוב הובא בס' תמימי דרך דף כ"ה ע"ב ומקורו באגרא דכלה פ' וישב
Rabbi Eliezer Wenger taught at the Beth Rivkah High School in Montreal, Canada, was rabbi at Congregation Oneg Shabbos in Montreal and the author of over a dozen works on Jewish law.
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