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Parshat Chayei Sarah


5760 This week the Torah reveals to us another chapter in the life of the father of Judaism, Avraham. One of the more difficult lessons that the Baal Shem Tov taught us, is that everything that happens in the world, every small detail, is really a lesson for every person, whether Jewish or not, how to be a better person and a better Jew. How much more so if it is taught to us by the Torah, especially through a story in the life of Avraham or the other 'Fathers'.
5761 Most of this week’s section is devoted to relating in great detail and with much repetition, the story of how the Patriarch Avraham sent his servant Eliezer on a matchmaking mission and how he succeeded. Why does the Torah go into such great length here, what is so important about this story?
5762 This week's section is called the "Life of Sarah", which is strange because it doesn't really deal with Sarah, and even stranger because it begins with her death.
5763 This week's portion tells us in great length how Isaac, the second of the three Forefathers of Judaism, was matched up with his wife Rivka bride and got married. Just before this story begins, however, we read (24:1) "G-d blessed Abraham with EVERYTHING" ('Kol').
5764 This week we learn in great detail about how the first matchmaker in the Torah; Abraham's faithful servant Eliezer, found a wife (Rivka) for his master's son (Yitzchak).
5765 This week we learn another life-episode from Abraham, the first Jew. We read that, "Abraham was old, coming in days" (24:1) The sages explain that "Old" means 'one who has acquired wisdom and perfected himself' (Kidushin 32b) and "Coming in days" means one who has improved the world around him every day of his life (Zohar 1:224a).
5766 This week's section deals mostly with the difficulties of Abraham. First, those that he had in buying a grave for his wife and then the even greater ones finding a bride for his son Yitzchak (Isaac). If you think about it, this seems to makes no sense. Abraham wasn't just an ordinary person. He was a Biblical character, the father of Judaism, devoted every instant and with every fiber of his being to serving the Creator.
5767 This week we learn the long and detailed story of how Abraham sent his slave, Eliezer, to find a wife for his son Yitzchak (Isaac) According to the teachings of Kabala, this week's Torah portion is one of the most exiting in the Book! The union of Yitzchak and Rivka signifies the union of G-d and the Jewish people that will take place in the days of Moshiach. Then the world will be drastically altered and G-d will be even MORE revealed to the Jews than He was at Mount Sinai!!
5768 This week's Torah Portion begins with Abraham looking for a burial place for his wife Sarah and finally paying the exorbitant price of 400 silver coins for it. Why does the Torah tell this story? What do we care about how much money Abraham paid some 4,000 years ago? What possible connection can it have to our religion? And why did he have to pay so much? Jews are supposed to be shrewd businessman. How could it be that the FATHER of Judaism overpaid?
5769 This week we read of the drawn out and seemingly pointless story of how Abraham found a match for his favorite son Yitzchak. At first glance it is not understood why the Torah devotes so much space to this.
5770 This week we read about the first wedding explicitly mentioned in the Torah; that of Yitzchak and Rivka. The wedding of Adam and Chava (Eve) is only implied with a few words but here the wedding is so explicit that almost our entire Torah portion deals with how Eliezer; Avraham's trusted servant, prepared for it by searching for and finally finding the suitable bride.
5771 This week's Torah portion features the strange story of how a wife was found for the second of the three 'Fathers of Judaism; Isaac (Yitzchak) by Abraham's servant Eliezer.
5772 This week's Torah portion is called the "The Life of Sarah" which is a bit strange because it begins with Sarah's burial well after her passing.
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