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Torah Talk for Parashat Chayei Sarah

November 22, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, following the death of Sarah, Avraham purchases a burial plot and sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Yitzchak. He finds Rivka and brings her to Yitzchak to become his wife.

At the beginning of chapter 24, we read that “Avraham was old, advanced in years, and Hashem had blessed Avraham bakol (in all things).” This verse is the bridge between the story of Avraham burying his wife, Sarah, and the story of his sending his servant to find a wife for his son, Yitzchak. It is logical that as Avraham nears death, he should be concerned with finding an appropriate wife for his son, the heir to his physical and spiritual fortune, so that the couple can propagate and carry on the family name and traditions.

The word “bakol” has been the topic of many commentaries, and sheds light on what the Torah considers important. Read more >