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Christians..M.K. Gandhi
Rabbi Chananya Ben
Tradyon Murdered (2nd
century CE)..Rabbi
Chananya Ben Tradyon,
one of the "Ten
Martyrs"  was
discovered by The
Romans teaching the
outlawed Torah. They
then wrapped him in a
Torah scroll, piled
bundles of twigs
around him, and before
setting him afire they
placed damp woolen
cloths on him to
prolong the agony of
being burned to death.
As the flames engulfed
him, his disciples
asked him, "Master,
what do you see?"
Rabbi Chananya
replied: "I see a scroll
burning, but the letters
flying up to Heaven."
NASA: A Puzzling
Collapse of Earth's
Upper Atmosphere.
"Something is going on
that we do not
understand," says
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Chayei Sarah  "Sarah's Lifetime" Genesis 23:1-25:18
Published Sun Nov 27 2011    
  • B 23:1 Sarah's lifetime, the span of Sarah's life, was one
    hundred and twenty seven years 2 Sarah died in Kiryat Arba,
    which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan. Abraham came to
    morn for Sarah and to bewail her  
We must always be respectful of the people around us. Those in the service of HaShem and
indeed here the servant was paying homage to Avraham because he was in reverence to
HaShem. Not that the servant was evil or wicked, but even when the evil one presents themselves
we can deal with them courteously but not follow there wicked tongues as in Gan Eden; turn the
other cheek and walk away. Rivkah titles the servant in her conversation with him and calls him
Lord (Adoni) as she tends to his request for water to drink. A test for others to see how respectful
and humble Rebekah was

  • 24:17 The servant ran towards her and said, "Please, let me sip a little water from your jar"
    18 "Drink My Lord" she said, and she quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and let him

Rivkah was treated in the utmost of gracious of fashions, the servant and Avraham seeing the spirit
of HaShem shining through her. She was adorned with offers of gifts and precious rewards but the
decision as was also hers to be with Isaac or not

  • 24:21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey
    or not. 22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half
    shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Please tell
    me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?”
    24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to

The servant was clearly a dignitary for such a trusted and delicate mission, and still know as a

  • 24:27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not
    forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has
    led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.” 28 Then the young woman ran
    and told her mother's household about these things.

HaShem will support and make sure of the blessings when we turn to him and have an innocent
heart. HaShem will send an angel and ensure success in all things and the walk we make in
service to Him and the Torah

  • 24:40 But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with
    you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my
    father's house.

Abraham needed to trust his servant on a long journey to find a wife for his son Isaac. He could
only send someone who could be trusted when Abraham was not with him. Loyalty and trust was
everything. HaShem's desire to pour out blessings upon mankind is evident, but we need to show
we are ready for true possessions and wealth. The first and true treasure that we should aspire to
is the written Torah and must seek to centre ourselves on that. This will also allow us to
understand the angels and other wonders of the creation. Only serving Torah and HaShem can
bring eternal reward for man. HaShem could have created a different way and worked around
using people for his work. A meeting of the righteous is most poetic in Torah. How many movies
that touch the heartstrings have used the following depiction that truly inspires and conjures up
then the true meaning of all things

  • 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes
    and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and
    when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is
    that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took
    her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
    67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she
    became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Avraham takes another wife, Keturah (Gen 25:1-5). The House of Israel came from the great
prophet and he was truly tested by fire throughout his life. It took many years before he had a child
and he must have yearned much for that. He had more children with Keturah, and Abraham at the
ripe old age of 175 years he passed away after giving his estate to Isaac

  • 25:5 Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave
    gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the
    east country. 7 These are the days of the years of Abraham's life, 175 years. 8 Abraham
    breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was
    gathered to his people.

  • 25:11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac settled at Beer-

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Baruch HaShem
The Torah in its beauty and greatness honours the passing of a light that walked the earth...Sarah. This Torah
portion named in honor of the matriarch begins with her passing and ends with Abraham's passing. The opening
statement however is what draws ones attention concerning the true nature of HaShem and purpose for people....
Sarah's lifetime. It was Sarah's life that is emphasised and of course both Abraham and Sarah were the bloodline
for Biblical Israel and the covenant. They had full lives and we read that HaShem and the sages outline their years,
Sarah 137 and Abraham 175 when they died. Our life is all about a good full life in Torah and service to HaShem;
and in readiness for the world to come. There is great emphasis placed on the burial of our people and Avraham
volunteered payment for the site when it was offered for free. The whole purpose of mans walk given by HaShem
and the covenant of creation is a salvational matter. Yeshua the Messiah who's name means salvation was with
the creation from the first and took part at the behest of the creator, in the creation. Yeshua was with the people all
through the wilderness and revealed himself through fire. The full and true divine nature of our souls in the "Image
of HaShem G-d". The evil one and those who embrace this side of our characters will not have a part in the world
to come. Both Avraham and Sarah were devoted to HaShem and without great people like this to fulfil the promise
and covenant HaShem would have been hard pushed. HaShem loves people, and mankind was the whole
purpose of creation. It is worth noting that man is the only element of creation that is in his image...not the animals
or any other part of nature. The ability to use the intellect and walk before him was setting man apart and so he
wanted to find people who would follow him willingly. These are the people that HaShem will appoint through
intermediaries to carry out his plans, and there is always something to do for those who are willing

Avraham in his grief for Sarah find s the first plot of land that is purchased by Biblical Israel. This site today is
known as the Cave of the Patriarchs and the subject of ownership disputes. Why is such emphasis placed on the
burial of our people. To be Hebrew Torah Scholar is to have the utmost respect for all aspects of life and thereafter
in the passing.

  • 23:11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons
    of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
    13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of
    the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.

A Wife for Isaac: This was the House of Israel and the Abrahamic covenant that was now being sown and so
everything needed to be chosen and put into place in order for the covenant to work. It was important to keep and
preserve the Torah and so to find suitable partners for children was crucial. We must not co-habit with those from
other cultures who have not the spirit of HaShem in them

  • 24:1 Abraham was old, advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed Abraham with everything 24:2
    Abraham said to his servant, the most senior of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, "Put
    your hand now under my thigh. 3 I will make you affirm by the word of the Lord, the God of heaven and the
    God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, that I dwell
    among them

Choosing a wife for Isaac was a big step and Avraham knew it. His instructions were clear and he was only to
willing to please HaShem. The promises for the land and the covenants needed to be honoured. The Torah also
talks of the divine guidance through and intermediary or an angel. Prophets such as Avraham and Sarah were
heightened and more naturally akin to prophetic dreams or visions. Avraham had faith and trust and would follow

  • 24:7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred,
    and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before
    you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you
    will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand
    under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

Rivkah (Rebekah: A heart warming introduction for Rivkah as she enters into the Torah in complete majesty.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and our hearts are the most important element that causes our walk in life.
The dialogue we are reading is from Abraham's servant who is being charged by him to pave the way from Isaac's
chosen bride. During this dialogue the servant, is given this title and not a name as such. One wonders at what
the Torah might be teaching when reverence for all creation and those who are in service to the House of Israel,
even in servitude are to be treated as one. The Torah also goes to lengths to explain the relationship between the
family members.  

  • 24:15: He (servant) had scarcely finished speaking, when Rivkah, who was born to Bethuel, the son of
    Milcah the wife of Avraham's brother Nahor, came out with her jar on her shoulder 16 The maiden was very
    beautiful, a virgin who no one had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up
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