Parashat Chayei Sara 5778–Torah Study–Ruth Bergman–The greatest value for a spouse–Hospitality

This week’s Parasha finds our patriarch Isaac a mate.

Do you believe in a b’shayrt (predestined soul mate)?

Do you believe in matchmaking?

Would your parents have selected the spouse you chose (or may be choosing)?

Would you have appreciated their involvement?

Did they approve of your choice or will they? What if they did not or will not?

Of course, if you believe in a b’shayrt and in the sanctity of marriage, it may not matter how you found each other.

We do not hear that Isaac complained or expressed anxiety over possibly being a sacrifice on the altar on Moriah. We also do not hear him express any anxiety at the marriage altar.

In each case he is trusting of his father and the will of God. Indeed, we read that Isaac loved Rebecca using words that describe feelings in a relationship and a depth of emotion, not just the marital act.

For those who question Isaac’s relationship with his father after the akeidah test, would you not also have Isaac appreciate his father finding Rebecca, the love of his life for him?

This Shabbat, we are privileged to learn with Ruth Bergman. She will discuss the story and talk about the most important trait the Abraham’s servant was looking for in a mate for Isaac—hachnasat orchim…hospitality.
9;45 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel.

We welcome you to this great learning experience whether you have come before, come regularly or never have. It has never been easier to build some new relationships, make new friends, be a part of a learning chavurah or just get a little more God in your life.

Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.

Shabbat Shalom,


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