Chayei Sarah

Chayei Sarah: Anonymous

November 02, 2018 By: rabbi jay kelman
Man has an innate desire to make a name for himself. The fear of being forgotten is a fear that grips us all. For many, this serves as a key stimulus to have children (and in many cultures, specifically male children) who will carry on the family legacy. This desire not to be forgotten motivates some to write books, some to build monuments and even some to enter public life, hoping to attain some measure of immortality. "There are three...
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Chayei Sarah: More than a Story

November 09, 2017 By: rabbi jay kelman
"The discussions of the servants of our patriarchs are more beloved than the Torah of their children” (Rashi, Breisheet, 24:22). This enigmatic statement is the explanation given for the fact that Torah spends 67 verses detailing and then repeating the story of how the servant of Abraham finds a marriage partner for Yitzchak, whereas other laws of the Torah are either “flying in the wind” i.e. the nullification of...
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Chayei Sarah: My Son, My Yitzchak

November 25, 2016 By: rabbi jay kelman
Sixty seven verses. That’s how much space the Torah devotes to the story of finding the proper mate for Yitzchak. There is no more important decision than that of whom - or whom not - to marry. The Torah not only tells the story of the servant of Avraham finding a suitable mate to carry on the legacy of Abraham and Sarah, it repeats the entire story with subtle but significant differences of the “...
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Chayei Sarah: Mourning for Mother

November 06, 2015 By: rabbi jay kelman
"And Abraham said to his servant of the household. I bind you by an oath that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites" (24:2).    Though Yitzchak was approaching forty he had made no apparent effort to find a wife. Left to his own devices he might never have married. It was only due to the initiative of his father and the diligence of Abraham's servant that Yitzchak did actually marry....
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Chayei Sarah: Coming Together

November 14, 2014 By: rabbi jay kelman
"And Abraham took another wife and her name was Keturah" (Breisheet 25:1). The Torah follows by listing the six children they had together, along with some of their offspring, discusses Abraham's division of his assets--he was, we must recall, a very wealthy man--before his death, his death and burial, concluding with a listing of the children of Yishmael. Yet it is not clear what this adds to the covenantal narrative. If...
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