Tag Archive: Chayai Sarah

Nov 21

It’s all Good!

The Torah, before conveying the news of Sarah’s passing, celebrates her life: “These are the years of the life of Sarah, they were 127.” Then peculiarly, the Torah repeats itself, “These are the years of the life of Sarah.” What is behind this apparent repetition? Rabbi Yaacov Kamentzky o.b.m. explains that our Sages teach us …

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Nov 01

Gift of Speech!

This past Tuesday evening the Scranton Jewish Community Center hosted a community wide vigil in response to the horrific attack in Pittsburgh this past Shabbos. It was attended by over 500 people. Many non-Jews participated as a gesture of solidarity with us. I was given the opportunity to address the gathering and these are my …

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Nov 09

A Kind Girl!

Chayai Sara – A Kind Girl When the time came for our forefather Yitzchok to get married, his father Avraham entrusted his faithful servant Eliezer with the task of finding him a wife. Avraham detailed the criteria for a suitable wife for Yitzchok. Avraham’s first choice was that the girl comes from Avraham’s father’s family …

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Sep 26

Say That Again! How Old was She?

(Torah Portion: Chayai Sarah) Say That Again! How Old was She? Our Sages tell us that our matriarch Rivka was three years old when she married Yitzchok. I have heard many times a cynical reaction to this statement, “Come on, rabbi, how is this possible?!” Let us first explain how the sages derived that Rivka …

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Sep 26

Respect, Beloved and a Reflection

(Torah Portion Chayai Sarah) Respect, Beloved and a Reflection The Torah relates that when our forefather Avraham sought to purchase a burial plot for his wife Sarah, he called a town meeting with the Hittite inhabitants of the City of Chevron. The people were deeply respectful to Avraham when they addressed and spoke to him. …

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Sep 26

Hot or Cold

(Torah Portion Chayai Sarah) Hot or Cold This week’s Haftorah relates that King David was old and his body could not get warm no matter how many layers of clothing he covered himself with. Why was King David subject to such an ailment? King David had many challenges in his lifetime. One of them was …

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Sep 26

Scenic Splendor

(Torah Portion Chayai Sarah) Scenic Splendor Picturesque Northeastern Pennsylvania gets an added boost of life and personality with the coming of the fall season. The magnificent and beautiful array of colors that the leaves of the trees exude is literally breathtaking. I’m not going to go into the technical causes that generate the brilliant foliage, …

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Sep 20

Nose Rings and Bracelets

(Torah Portion Chayai Sarah ) Nose Rings and Bracelets! The Torah relates that our forefather Avraham sent his faithful servant Eliezer from the Land of Israel to his homeland in Charan to find a suitable wife for his son Yitzchok from his family. Yitzchok was not allowed to leave the holy land of Israel because …

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Sep 19

Bumper Sticker

(Torah Portion Chayai Sara) Bumper Sticker! Although bumper stickers are not as popular as they once were, every so often we still spot one on the road. The other day while driving on the highway a red sticker caught my eye, it read, “Marx – co-pilot” and next to it was an outline of the …

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Sep 15

Chayai Sarah She Took Notice

(Torah Portion Chayai Sarah) She Took Notice! The Torah relates that Avraham instructed his faithful servant Eliezer to travel from the land of Israel to his birthplace, Aram Naharyim, to find a suitable wife for his son Yitzchok. Avraham sent Eliezer with ten camels laden with gifts. Our Sages tell us that Avraham’s camels stood …

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