By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant The translation of this week’s Torah Parsha (CHAYEI SARAH) is ‘The Life of Sarah’. Ironically, only the first two lines of the Parsha pertain...
The text tells us “and she went to inquire of the Eternal.” The Hebrew used here for “inquire” is “lidrosh” which means to seek and from which we get the Hebrew word for the tradition of Jewish interpretation and meaning making — Midrash. Rebekkah’s choice to take her pain as an invitation to seek out a deeper spirituality, which in our tradition, involves a deeper relationship both with the divine and with Jewish texts, is not an easy one to make. But it is one that allows her, and us, to continue our stories by seeking and making meaning out of our experiences.
May we be inspired and comforted by her example.