Chayei Sarah 5774
Posted on February 24, 2014
By Josh Pilchik
In last week’s torah portion, Vayeira, Abraham and Sarah have a son after decades of failed attempts. They name him Isaac, and Abraham is later is asked to sacrifice his son by G-d, without an explanation. Abraham follows G-ds instructions and it ends up being a test to see if Abraham would actually follow G-ds commands without question.
It’s amazing how a man can be so devoted to a voice that he hears in his head, but hey he lives to be 175 years old so if you hear voices in your head speaking to you, one, go to a psychologist, but two, maybe G-d is speaking to you!
Anyways, in this week’s Parsha, Chayei Sarah dies at the youthful age of 127 and is buried in the ancient city of Hebron. After her death, Abraham sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for his son Isaac in the land of Charan. As Eliezer searches for Isaac’s future wife, he prays to G-d that the woman that is destined to marry Isaac will come to Eliezer and offer him and all of his camels a refreshing drink of water. Soon enough Rebecca comes along and does the prophesized task. After Eliezer explains to Rebecca her future affiliations with Isaac, she agrees to come with him back to meet Isaac. Lo and behold, she and Isaac are married, fall in love, live happily ever after, and Abraham dies at the age of 175, and had a few more kids with Hagar.
Now isn’t that a nice living style? I mean think about it… in these times you live way passed Moses, you have a spouse picked out for you, and you live happily ever after!
This week’s Parsha I think teaches us two things.
First, I believe this texts wants to show us how good Rebecca was, and to look at her as a role model for we should all offer water to those in need, and all of their camels. Or in modern times, if someone is in need… help them!
The second thing I think the torah is trying to tell us is that if you have faith in G-d, things will work out in the end. Sarah had faith in G-d, and around 100 years old still had a son. Abraham had faith in G-d and he lived to be 175!
And, for those who don’t believe in G-d, whenever I look at biblical text I often like taking G-d out of the picture to see what the Torah is trying to teach us morally, so for those who are looking at this week’s parsha without G-d, I think the text is just trying to tell us to believe in our hopes and dreams. If we believe that we will have a child 80 years from now, go for it. If we believe we will find true love in the next 10 years, go for it. If we believe we will get into Harvard and study with Michael Sacks, go for it!
The Torah can be very inspirational at times, even if you have to dig a little to find it.
So I now ask to all of you, what does this week’s parsha mean to you?