God's promises to Abraham and his descendants
God had made promises to Abraham regarding being the father of many nations and the owner of the land of Canaaan, however at the time of Sarah's death, Abraham had none of that.
The name of Abraham's man-servant who was sent to find Isaac a wife is never mentioned in the torah - not even once! We know through other sources that his name is Eliezer, however why does the Torah not mention his name?
The answer is that Eliezer was so focused on the task assigned to him by Abraham. The story was not about Eliezer but about the near impossible mission, which according to Leviticus Rabba 23:1, was to find a rose among thorns. It was Eliezer's knowledge that he was Abraham's servant and therefore an extension of Abraham, that helped him in his quest to find the perfect bride for Isaac.
This week's parasha starts at the end of Sarah's life. Midrash explains that Sarah died upon hearing the news that Abraham had taken Isaac to sacrifice him. But we must ask ourselves, where did Sarah hear this news from?
According to the Midrash God only commanded Abraham to sacrifice Issac since the angels doubted Abraham's commitment and faith in God and wished to test him with the ultimate sacrifice. Once Abraham passed the test, a dark angel wished to prove to God that Abraham's faith was lacking. He then went and told Sarah what Abraham had done. Sarah died of extreme grief upon hearing the news that her son had been sacrificed.
There are two main events in this week's Parasha:
Bullying of Clergy by Congregants - Silence is not the answer
The elderly lady brought the Pastor a redlined copy of the letter to the congregation. I've highlighted your English mistakes, it must be because you're not a native
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