Parshas Chayei Sarah!!!

Dear Friends and Family,

This week I started learning with three of the cutest girlies. They are about 10 -11 years old and we study Tefillah and just about being Jewish. We started talking about the power of prayer and the gift each Jewish person has to have the ability to pray to G-d which then turned into: how do I know I am Jewish. I told them that Judiasm is based on Mesorah (heritage). I am a Jewish woman because my mother is Jewish and she passed that down to me and my children will be Jewish because of me! In the Parshah we see the importance of the Jewish mother and how much went into the search to find the next mother of the Jewish people after Sarah dies. Avraham sends his servant Eliezer on a mission to find Yitzchak a wife from his family. Through the help of G-d, Eliezer “happens” upon Rivkah and realizes that she is special. He brings her home with him to meet Yitzchak.

“Now Isaac was on his way, coming from Be’er Lachai Ro’i, and he dwelt in the land of the south. And Isaac went forth to pray in the field towards evening, and he lifted his eyes and saw, and behold, camels were approaching. And Rebecca lifted her eyes, and saw Isaac, and she let herself down from the camel. And she said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field towards us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” And she took the veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. And Isaac brought her to the tent of Sarah his mother, and he took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted for [the loss of] his mother. ” (24: 62 – 67)

Radak explains that the “Torah” begins the narrative by saying that Isaac “happened” to meet Rebecca and Eliezer on the road, before they entered the city, just as Eliezer “happened” to encounter Rivkah at the well. Both meetings seemed to occur by chance, but in reality they were results of G-d’s Providential Will.

The brief passage describing the meeting and marriage of Yitzchak and Rivka is touching and reflective of basic principles of Judaism and Jewish marriage. It begins with Yitzchak walking back home from praying at a place that recalled G-d’s mercy to the previous generation ( Beer – lahai – roi), for Jews cleave to their past and the G-d who has guided them. Yitchak and Rivka “met”, but not by chance. She displayed the personal modesty that has been one of the glories of Jewish women and she intuitively recognized that the stranger she had just encountered was a holy person. Finally, Yitzchak brought her back to his mother’s tent, and there it became apparent that she was a fitting successor to Sarah, for the holy presence of Sarah returned to the tent of her son. (through the three signs) It was then that Yitchak loved her for the Jewish home is temple and its priestess is the wife and mother whose spirit infuses it. Isaac could love only a mate who could be his companion in creating the Chosen People. In Rivka he found her.

Have a beautiful and uplifting Shabbas! May every Jewish woman realize her importance as a Jewish priestess and the power she beholds to continue on the Jewish people! and May every Jewish man realize this to and only marry Jewish….

– Michal


My Jewish Mothers!


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