Chayei Sarah

Chayei Sarah

One of the classic questions asked on our Parsha is why is Eliezer’s story written twice? Eliezer, Avraham’s servant, travels to Aram to find a wife for Yitzak. He prays for help and meets Rivka and she is the one. He then meets her parents and repeats the whole story to them. The Torah records both accounts, Why? What is the value of this repetition, what meaning is buried here?. In the Shma, the word that is translated as Torah study is VaSHinaNtam. The root of the word is SHeNi – two. Torah learning is a practice of repetition. The story of Eliezer is repeated here to signify the importance of repetition. We have to repeat our stories, if not they will surely disappear.

Shabbat Shalom!
Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis

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Laura Ben-David
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