Friday, November 14, 2014

Chayei Sarah Text message

Parashat Chayei Sarah (the lives of Sarah)

How old was Rebecca when she married Isaac?
If you ask a yeshiva student, the answer immediately will be 3 (three!!!) years old.
If you ask a Talmud scholar, the answer will be 14 (fourteen!!!) years old.
If you ask me, the answer will be... I have no idea...
The Torah does not tell us how old she was, but the Torah tells us about her strength, diligence, respect, and sense of help.
Even further... The Torah (in a very delicate way) tells that in some aspects she is better than Isaac. 
Genesis 24:63-64 "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming. And Rebecca lifted up her eyes, and she saw Isaac."
Same distance... he sees camels; she sees people...
It is not about age, gender, profession or social class... It is about our virtues and how we can help others.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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