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  • Chayei Sarah (5774) – Beginning the Journey

    A while back, a British newspaper, The Times, interviewed a prominent member of the Jewish community – let’s call him Lord X – on his 92nd birthday. The interviewer said, “Most people, when they reach their 92nd birthday, start thinking… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5773) – Hopes and Fears

    The sedra of Chayei Sarah focuses on two episodes, both narrated at length and in intricate detail. Abraham buys a field with a cave as a burial place for Sarah, and he instructs his servant to find a wife for… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5772) – A Journey of a Thousand Miles

    Our parsha contains the most serene description of old age and dying anywhere in the Torah: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5771) – Abraham: A Life of Faith

    One of the most striking features about Judaism in comparison with, say, Christianity or Islam, is that it is impossible to answer the question: Who is the central character of the drama of faith? In both of the other Abrahamic… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5770) – Parents and children, husbands and wives

    In the long chapter of Genesis 24, we read of how Abraham instructed his servant to travel to Aram-Naharaim where the rest of his family was located, to choose and bring back a wife for Isaac, his son. It is… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5769) – On Judaism and Islam

    Sometimes the Torah spells its message out; at others it gives us no more than clues. In this week’s sedra, there are three. The first occurs when Abraham’s servant is returning with the woman, Rebekah, who is to become Isaac’s… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5768) – Isaac and Prayer

    One scene in this week’s sedra has left a mark on Jewish law. Abraham has sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac. He does so, and brings back Rebekah with him. The first glimpse she has of her… read more
  • Chayei Sarah (5767) – Hopes and Fears

    The sedra of Chayei Sarah focuses on two episodes, both narrated at length and in intricate detail. Abraham buys a field with a cave as a burial place for Sarah, and he instructs his servant to find a wife for… read more
  • Pinchas (5774) – Lessons of a Leader

    Pinhas contains a mini-essay on leadership, as Moses confronts his own mortality and asks God to appoint a successor. The great leaders care about succession. In Chayei Sarah we see Abraham instruct his servant to find a wife for Isaac… read more