Our JCRC is unveiling a Machloket L'shem Shemayim Project (argumentation for the sake of heaven).
We asked local Rabbis to tell us how they envision unity for the Jewish community, and to share their messages for healing after the turbulent political season. Here is the finished video, with Rabbi Sharfman doing the framing and intro. Feel free to share widely!
JCRC Machloket L'shem Shemayim Project
This week's parasha is Chayei Sarah, meaning "The Life of (the matriarch) Sarah" (there is a teaching that ascribes the tradition of lighting candles and baking challah to Sarah), even though the parasha opens with her death!
Abraham purchases the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron as a burial place for her*, and when he dies (at the end of this week's parasha), he, too is buried there**.
The Torah's first use of the word "love" appears in Chayei Sarah as we are told, in some detail, that Isaac loved Rebecca (also in this parasha). Can we find a connection between these emotions connected with love and loss, of comfort and healing? A hint is found in the title itself. Sarah's legacy continued long after her physical life ended.
* A midrash teaches that the Cave of Machpelah is the entranceway to Paradise.
** as are Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah. The Cave of Machpelah is a holy site still in existence today!
A kavannah for candle lighting Shabbat Chayei Sarah
As our mother, Sarah, tended the sacred flame in her day, may I, too, be an instrument for keeping the flame burning in my own time; may how I live my life be a reflection of the legacy that I wish to leave.
Join us this Saturday, November 14, for Torah Talk at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP to Ellen.