Parsha Chayei Sarah
Chayei Sarah begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127 and Abraham’s search for a proper burial place which would be worthy of her greatness. Abraham is conned by Efron (a member of the Hittite nation who lived in the land of Israel) into paying an extremely large sum of money for her place of burial. Sarah is buried in M’arat HaMachpelah – the Tomb of the Patriarchs – in Hebron. Do you know who else is buried there? (answer: Adam & Eve, Isaac & Rebecca, Jacob & Leah ….in addition to Abraham and Sarah). Abraham sends his faithful servant Eliezer back to the old country (Aram Naharaim) to find a suitable wife for Isaac. Eliezer devises a plan by which he will find a modest, generous and kind girl fitting for his master’s son. Eliezer decides to stand by the town’s well, waiting for a girl to offer water to him and his camels. Suddenly Rebecca appears and exerts great effort to draw water for a stranger and his ten camels. She brings Eliezer to her father’s house, whereupon Abraham’s servant asks that Rebecca return with him to marry Isaac. She accepts, and they are married. The Torah states that “Isaac married Rebecca ….and he loved her.” This teaches us that true love comes after marriage, not before.