05 Nov Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Chayei Sarah 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Chayei Sarah in which the Torah brings to a close the lives of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah passes away at the beginning of the portion while Abraham survives a number of years after her passing and finds a wife for his son Isaac, that being Rivka. Truth be told, Abraham himself did not go to find a wife for Isaac, he sent his most trusted servant, which according to the midrash was Eliezer. It was Eliezer who traveled to Abraham’s home town to find a relative willing to come back and be Isaac’s wife. Setting aside the story of how that came to pass, Abraham must have had a tremendous amount of faith in Eliezer to do such an important thing as finding a wife who would support Isaac in the continuation of spreading the monotheistic idea. It is not easy to put so much faith or trust in another person, and all too often we do so and get burned by a person who does not live up to our expectations. But instead of reacting by not trusting anyone, we should continue to try to find people in our lives in whom we can put our trust, because it gives us people we can rely upon when we need help.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik