This week’s Torah portion has been Parashat Chaiyei Sarah, reading shlishi and rvi’i (the 3rd and 4th) aliyot from the Annual cycle, this year, for those of us on the Triennial cycle. It’s the 2nd year of the cycle.
- from Hebcal:
Triennial Year 2
14 Nov 2020
This week, Abraham’s unnamed servant puts the ‘water the camels test’ to … well, everyone, and it works!
Etz Chaim commentators mention, however, that some of the early rabbis had a problem with this test, so don’t try this at home, folks.
Also, I don’t know about anyone who has actually ever seen a camel up close or touched one, which I have not, but I’m not crazy about the idea of riding a camel several hundred miles, well, anywhere. I’ll take a nice sturdy little horse, thank you very much. Not that I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking any trips with any horses, either. Yet, a pilgrimage with just the company of a nice and sensible little horse (I’d like a Mustang or an Arabian, if you please), though less practical, I guess, than a camel, seems like a nice appealing way to spend some time. What do you think, dear readers?
Shabbat Shalom! ! שָׁלוֹם
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