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Monday, November 18, 2019 20 Cheshvan 5780





LIVING WITH
THE TIMES

The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion

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A G-dly Marriage
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week’s Torah portion describes in great detail Eliezer’s mission to find a wife for Yitzchak. The Torah is known for its brevity and many weighty topics are covered in just a few words, and here the Torah uses many, many verses to tell the tale.
 
We must conclude that the wedding of Yitzchak and Rivka is so fundamental that it justifies such a lengthy discourse. But why is it so significant?
 
As the marriage of the first born Jew in history, Yitzchak’s match with Rivka represents the bond between G-d and the Jewish people, which is often likened to the relationship between a man and a woman. G-d is the husband and the Jewish people is the wife, and with each mitzvah we do, we strengthen the connection between us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
When the Torah was given, it established our relationship, but only as an engagement. The full bond between G-d and the Jewish people--the “wedding,” so to speak--will not be expressed until the final Redemption. Only after a long period of preparation will we be ready for a full union with G-d in this world, which was the intent of all of creation.
 
Perhaps this is the reason that the Torah lays out in such detail all the preparations for the marriage between Yitzchak and Rivka. Their marriage is the template for every Jewish wedding forever after, and by extension, for our divine service over the centuries, to prepare for our ultimate union with G-d.
 
(The Rebbe, Hitvaaduyot 5752 vol. 1, p. 286)

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