Wikipedia is by far my favorite source of information. When I come across something I’m curious to know more about, I turn to Wikipedia. It’s a great way to educate yourself about any particular topic and you learn something new every day.
For example, did you know that the great Jewish teacher, Hillel the Elder, lays claim to the invention of the sandwich, some 1500 years before the Earl of Sandwich? (John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, according to the site.)
I did not know that.
I knew of Hillel only in passing reference, mainly because his famous quote in regards to the Golden Rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Law; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” The quote was mentioned as part of the discussion surrounding “The Greatest Commandment” from Mark 12: 29-31, which can be summed up in two parts as love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and, the Golden Rule, love your neighbor as yourself.
It’s funny because we’re not even studying Mark. We’re studying 1st John and were at the tail end of chapter 3. I guess it’s an appropriate discussion to have as Valentine’s Day approaches.
At any rate, it struck my curious nerve so I went digging on Wikipedia to learn more.
And now I’m thinking that the sandwiches we had for dinner should perhaps have been called hillel’s. Pretty sure mine had ham on it. It definitely had bacon on it. Would a ham and bacon hillel even be legal?
It’s probably better than John Montagu got credit for layering food stuffs between two slices of bread. The world just wouldn’t be the same without the BLT.