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Chayei Sarah - The Easy Path - Hakhel
By Rabbi Yonassan Biggs
|Shalom and Bracha!
May Hashem protect the Jewish
people in the land of Israel and throughout the world
and grant perfect peace through the coming of Moshiach!
This week begins with the passing of Sarah and the
purchase of Ma’arat Hamachpelah, the tomb of the
patriarchs in Chevron, as her burial place. As the
Jewish identity of our holy sites is being challenged,
it is worthy to note that it was purchased for Sarah,
the mother of the Jewish people, and thereafter Isaac
and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah, the forefathers of the
Jewish people and no other nation were buried there.
Furthermore, Sarah disinherited Ismail as is clear in
the bible and this site was purchased for her.
The portion describes at length the marriage of Yitzchak
and Rivkah. Avraham sent his servant Eliezer to his
homeland, enjoining him to find a suitable bride for
Yitzchak from amongst his family. Eliezer reached his
destination in miraculous speed, and prayed to Hashem to
send the right girl and make her easily identifiable.
Before he concluded praying, Rivkah arrived and
fulfilled the signs that Eliezer had set. These signs
also demonstrated her worthiness to enter the house of
Avraham, because they were signs of intense hospitality.
Upon seeing that Hashem had answered his prayers, even
before asking her identity, Eliezer presented her with
the betrothal gifts. After identifying herself, she
invited him to her father’s home where the betrothal
took place. Within a very short time, and with
miraculous ease, the betrothal was complete, Rivkah was
brought home to her groom, Yitzchak and they were
The success of the mission was due to
the merit of Avraham and the wedding’s significance to
the future of the Jewish people. The ease and smoothness
of the mission, however, were connected with the merits
of the messenger. Eliezer had tremendous faith in the
hand of Hashem that was guiding him. This is why he gave
the presents before asking. When Eliezer was invited to
the home of Rivkah’s father, her father invited him to
eat. Eliezer refused to eat until he had completed his
mission. When he introduced himself, he introduced
himself as “The servant of Avraham” without mentioning
his own name. (Eliezer was a great scholar and warrior
as related in the Midrash.) He was so focused on the
importance of his mission that he put aside his physical
needs and he was so devoted to Avraham that he put aside
his identity. Because of this faith and devotion, he
merited miraculous ease in fulfilling his mission.
Often, we involve ourselves charitable efforts,
either assisting the needy, promoting the future of
Judaism or other good causes. Because we are working for
Hashem, we will surely succeed, just as Eliezer was
assured to find Rivkah. In order to ease the path,
however, we must learn from Eliezer. We must truly trust
in Hashem’s grace and that He will aid us. We must
recognize the blessings we receive and let them fortify
our faith. We must make our mission our highest
priority. We approach our work with immense humility,
realizing that our accomplishments are a gift of Hashem,
not our own skills. When we remove our own ego, we make
room for Hashem’s blessing in a miraculous manner.
This weekend thousands of Chabad rabbis will
convene from around the world to strengthen and
encourage each other in strengthening the Jewish people,
Torah study and observance and blazing the trail for
Moshiach. As this is a Hakhel year, Hashem’s blessing
for ease and success is multiplied. In truth, gathering
together is an ideal opportunity to exemplify the
lessons of the portion, encouraging each other’s faith,
focus and selflessness. This is a lesson to everyone and
the embodiment of this Hakhel year.
redemption from Egypt was in the merit of faith. Through
increasing in faith, dedication and humility, we will
hasten the completion of the ultimate mission,
perfecting the world through the coming of Moshiach.
Dedicated in memory of Turan Bat
Tubia and Yaakov Mizrahi, may her soul be bound in the bond of
eternal life. May Hashem grant her blissful rest in Gan Eden and
bless her family with strength, inspiration, joy and every
manner of goodness from now forward.
A project of
Chabad of Great Neck
400 East Shore Rd. Great Neck NY 11024
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