Entries in Chayei Sara (14)
There are just a few Torah portions named after individuals. The first is the parsha of Noach, appropriately named after the man from whom all of humanity descends. The second is this week’s parsha, entitled Chayei Sarah-the Life of Sarah.
In the HaYom Yom of 22 Cheshvan, that fell out on Shabbos Chayei Sara in the year 5704, the Rebbe writes: “One of the teachings of the Maggid of Mezritch, heard by the Alter Rebbe when he was in Mezritch for the first time, from late summer 5524 (1764) until after Pesach 5525 (1765):
The message here is that the name Tzemach Tzedek expresses the faith of chassidim, the perfect faith of every chassid, that their Rebbe – for example, the leader of this generation [“Tzemach is Moshiach…for ‘Tzemach’ is numerically equivalent to ‘Menachem’”] – is in fact Moshiach, and if we had merited, the matter would have been fulfilled and manifest outwardly; Moshiach would be visible to the human eye
In his effort to find a burial place for Sarah, Avraham wound up paying a very high price for the M’aras HaMachpella. He didn’t have many choices, and Sarah needed k’vura right away, so Avraham bought it.
In this week’s Parsha we find two central themes: 1) the passing of Sara and the purchase of the M’aras HaMachpeila, and 2) the successful search of Eliezer in finding a wife (Rivka) for Yitzchak.
One of the enigmas of the Torah is the way in which Sarah received the news that she was going to be a mother at the age of 90. In this week’s parsha, the Torah states, “And Sarah laughed at her insides, saying, ‘After I have withered shall I again have clear skin? And my husband is old!’”
“It is not just a Chassid’s sentiment that his Rebbi is Moshiach. The Rebbi himself stated that “Lubavitch Chassidim have always believed that the Rebbi is Moshiach.” Chassidim should believe and proclaim, “our Rebbi is Moshiach!”
The first marriage recorded in the Torah, that between the Patriarch Yitzchak and the Matriarch Rivka, takes place in this week’s parsha. The Torah devotes a multitude of verses to describe the way Eliezer, Abraham’s trusted servant, discovered, tested and then brought Rivka back home to wed Yitzchak.
By constantly reviewing the last “Sicha” of Yaakov, Yosef was able to receive the necessary strength to remain strong. He internalized the message of “egla arufa” and that gave him strength.
How could Abraham—whom our Sages state anticipated the commandments of the Torah and observed them—violate the law that forbade his son from marrying a woman without seeing her first? Why did he send his servant to execute the marriage by proxy?