Please enable JavaScript in your browser to experience all the custom features of our site.

RabbiHorowitz.com
Please Use Our New Website
still under constructions
to purchase safety books and educational materials
https://thebrightbeginnings.com

Mr. Harry Skydell, Chairman
Mr. Mark Karasick, Vice Chairman
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director
Rabbi Avrohom M. Gluck, Director of Operations
The first 1000 members will have a chance to win a
16 GB
iPod
touch
with Rabbi Horowitz audio

Membership Benefits:

  • Save articles to your favorites folder.
  • Save and print selected articles in a PDF journal.
  • Receive emails containing the latest comments on your favorite articles.
  • Mark articles as "READ".
  • More member features coming soon...

Raffle Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, complete the signup form and join as a member. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries shall become the property of CJFL. CJFL is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed entries.

The contest is open to the general public. Members need to be at least 18 years old. Identification must be produced on request. Employees of CJFL, its raffle sponsor, advertising and promotional agencies and their respective affiliates and associates and such employees' immediate family members and persons with whom such employees are domiciled are excluded from this raffle. ALL PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED MEMBERS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THIS RAFFLE. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Decisions of the raffle judges are final - no substitutions will be available. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness (first initial and last name) and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the internet and picture date storage) which CJFL may deem appropriate. In accepting the prize, the winner, acknowledges that CJFL may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. CJFL retains the rights, in its absolute and sole discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or approximate value in the event of the unavailability of any prize or component of the prize for any reason whatsoever. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws. CJFL reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this raffle at any time without prior notice. One entry per person.


Parshas Chayei Sara
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Not Rated Yet   |   Viewed 2914 times since 12/19/06   |   0 Comments
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size    [ Change Font Size ] Email This Article to a Friend
   

12/19/06

Making Time Count

The Torah introduces the drama surrounding the search for a wife for Yitzchak by noting that Avraham was “advanced in his years,” (Bereshis 24:1). Many commentaries are puzzled by the Torah’s repetition of this fact. After all, the advanced age of Avraham and Sara received such prominent attention during the period surrounding the birth of Yitzchak. If Avraham was “advanced in his years,” – one hundred years old – when his son was born, surely he was aged as Yitzchak was seeking a mate thirty-seven years later?

The Ramban offers a pragmatic answer to this question. He suggests that the Torah is presenting an explanation for Avraham’s insistence that Eliezer swear to him that he will not take a wife for Yitzchak from the women of Canaan. Why would Eliezer need to swear if Avraham could simply reject the proposed bride? The Torah therefore informs us that Avraham was very advanced in his years and was concerned that he may not be alive at the time of Eliezer’s return. This would shed light on the need for the binding power of Eliezer’s oath.

The Kli Yakar offers two addition explanations for the repetition of the information regarding the advanced age of Avraham.

Firstly he notes that at the time of Yitzchak’s birth, the Torah informed us that Avraham and Sara were miraculously transformed to the vigor of their youth, which enabled them to bring Yitzchak to this world. It would therefore stand to reason that the Torah would inform us at this point that Avraham reverted back to his aged state and was eager to see Yitzchak married before he died.

The Kli Yakar offers a second explanation, one that carries a powerful message for us all.

The Gift of Time

People who lead materialistic lives, he explains, prefer the years of their youth when their physical capacities are at their strength. As they age and the gift of youth slowly fades, they become despondent, as they can no longer indulge in their physical pursuits with the same vigor and passion.

The exact opposite occurs with spiritual people. As they age and their strength ebbs, they are freed from the distractions of their physical bodies and able to concentrate their thoughts on matters of the soul. For them, age is a blessing as they utilize their accumulated wisdom to serve Hashem.

An Unobstructed View


My dear chaver, Mr. Stanley Fischman, who serves as General Studies Principal in Yeshiva Darchei Noam, shared with me a poignant story that illustrates this point.

A young boy once approached his slightly older sister with a question about Hashem (God).

“Sara, can anybody ever really see Hashem?” he asked.

Busy with other things, Sara curtly replied: “No, of course not, silly. God is so far up in heaven that nobody can see him.”

Time passed, but his question still lingered so he approached his mother: “Mommy, can anybody ever really see Hashem?” “No, not really,” she gently said. “Hashem is a ruach, a spirit. He is everywhere, but we can never really see him.”

Somewhat satisfied but still wondering, the youngster moved on. Not long afterwards, on a beautiful late summer afternoon, the boy took a walk with his saintly old grandfather. They were having a great time together – it had been an ideal, cloudless day, with a clear, unobstructed view of the western horizon. The sun was beginning to set with unusual splendor as the day ended. Just then, the old man stopped walking and turned his full attention to the exquisite beauty unfolding before him.

On seeing the face of his grandfather reflecting such deep peace and contentment as he gazed into the magnificent ever-changing hues of sunset, the little child thought for a moment and finally spoke hesitatingly: “Zeidi, I wasn’t going to ask anybody else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I’ve been wondering about for a long time. Can anybody ever really see Hashem?”

The old man did not even turn his head. A long moment slipped by before he finally answered. “My boy,” he quietly said. “It’s getting so I can’t see anything else.”

Our grandfather Avraham was in a similar state of mind. The Torah tells us that he was “Ba bayamim (24:1),” advanced in his years – but still growing (ba literally means coming, denoting forward movement).

Avraham at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven was appreciating the gift of old age – and basking in the unobstructed view of Hashem’s presence.

Best wishes for a Gutten Shabbos

© 2007 Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, all rights reserved



To sign up for Rabbi Horowitz’s weekly emails, please click here.


Reader's Comments:      Rating & Comments Policy      Rate & Write a Comment!
 Average Rating:       Not Rated Yet
Subscribe to this Article
(by subscribing you will receive email notification
when new comments are posted)
There are no comments yet. Click above to write the first comment.
Dear Readers:

Please visit our Parenting Resource listing to learn about agencies and services that you can make use of. If you know of an agency that can be of assistance to others, kindly drop an email to our site administrator at admin@RabbiHorowitz.com and pass along the information to him.

I ask that you please consider supporting the work we are doing to improve the lives of our children. Click on these links to learn more about our teen and parent mentoring program that serves hundreds of teens and their families, or our KESHER program, now in 20 schools in 4 states. Your financial support can allow us to expand these services and help more children.

If you believe in the governing principles of this website – to help effect positive change through the candid discussions of the real issues we collectively face, please consider becoming a daily, weekly or monthly sponsor of this website and help defray the costs of it’s maintenance.



Working with Families and Educators on Behalf of our Children

This site is managed by The Center for Jewish Family Life, Inc., 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952
Project Y.E.S. was founded by Agudath Israel of America
The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES - 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952 (845) 352-7100 ext. 114 Fax: (845) 352-9593
email: email@kosherjewishparenting.com


Advertisements