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Chayei Sarah - Parsha Table Card

Chayei Sarah

Abraham sends Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac. He encounters Rivka who, through the seemingly simple act of providing water for Eliezer and his camels to drink, displayed the very traits that would make her a fitting wife for Isaac. Her kindness and compassion came through so clearly. But also her integrity. According to Rav Moshe Feinstein, what also impressed Eliezer was that she was careful with her promises. Integrity demands taking care not to make promises that you will not be able to keep, and so only after Rivka had already delivered on her first promise to give Eliezer water, did she then offer to give water to the camels. Rivka demonstrated the traits of kindness and integrity – so fundamental to Abraham and Isaac, and to the Jewish people as a whole.

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