Chayei Sarah 2015 Nov 7 /25 Heshvan, 5776

In his book Biblical Literacy, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin titles his chapter about Isaac: “The Man to Whom Things Happen.” While appearing in many important stories in the Torah, Isaac’s role is primarily a passive one. He is born in Abraham and Sarah’s old age and is almost sacrificed by his father in last week’s parasha. In this week’s portion, he has a wife (Rebecca) chosen for him by his father’s servant, and in next week’s parasha, he is tricked into giving his blessing and family birthright to Jacob instead of Esau. Isaac is a pivotal figure who serves as a bridge between the more dramatic events of his father’s and sons’ lives and times. And note, that unlike the other Patriarchs and Matriarchs, he is the only one to live his entire life within the borders of Canaan.

Genesis 23:1−25:18