Parshas Chayei Sara

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The marriage of Yitzchak and Rivka.

Shortly before his marriage, Yitzchak had reached a remarkable degree of spiritual perfection. Right at the beginning of his life he was the first Jew to be circumcised at eight days. He was then educated by Avraham our father and later showed an eagerness to sacrifice his life to God, at the Akeida, from which point on he attained the sanctity of a burnt offering (an olah temimah).

Rivkah, on the other hand was “a rose among the thorns,” born into a wicked, idol-worshipping family.

The union of Yitzchak and Rivkah was thus a meeting of extremes. And, for this very reason it is recorded in the Torah, since Torah itself is a guide to uniting extremes. For when any mitzvah is observed, a mundane physical object becomes infused with Godliness and holiness.

Thus, the marriage of Yitzchak and Rivkah represents the marriage of the spiritual and the physical. And, this explains why our Parsha spends so much time discussing their story, since it was the basis of everything that was to follow.

(Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 20, pp. 95-96)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer.  Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of  ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens.  Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with? Torah in Ten will take place every Thursday,  for ten minutes.  Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of  Torah,  Judaism and Chassidus”.

Your weekly “Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Chayei Sarah

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