Sacred Study Saturdays and transit -by camel!

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.

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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?

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14 thoughts on “Sacred Study Saturdays and transit -by camel!

  1. I actually didn’t realized the servant wasn’t named in this parsha. I had to go back an check and there is mention of a chief servant named Eliezer back in Lech-Lecha. I didn’t realize until now that the servant who prays to G-d for success in finding a wife for Isaac and comes up with the water for camels test (which is an odd one, but there are worse ways to find a bride, I suppose) isn’t named in Chayei Sarah.

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  2. I had a chance to ride a camel, and have a picture to prove it, and – Oy! – was he stinky!
    While Eliezer was honestly and sincerely committed to bringing back a wife for Yitzhak, somewhere in his subconscious, he was still holding on to a hope that his Shidduch mission will not be successful, and eventually Yitzhak will have to marry his daughter. That’s why he came up with the water test.

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        1. Thank you, dear Dolly!
          I’ve been feeling very tired today, and a bit head-achy, but ok. I think it’s my planning, for when my landlady moves, in a couple of years. I’ve been starting to work out where to move to, and how to plan that move out over the next year or so.

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          1. I am sorry you are not feeling well, darling. You do have a couple of years, so my feeling on the matter is, unless there is something urgent that needs to be done, I would wait for “the world after Covid.” I have a feeling that we will see lots of changes that will impact everything.
            Refuah Sheleima!

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