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Shabbat Happenings and Parsha from Brendan Stern

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Shabbat Times: Shabbat in at 4.13, Out at 5.25.

Events and shiurim:

Shiur with Rav Shai Finklestein, at Nitzanim shul,, after mincha which is at 4.15.

Shiurim at Ramban shul. With Rav Benny Lau 4.40,women’s shiur at 3.

Shir Chadash:

On Chopin, shiur at 8 followed by Shacharit.

On Emek 43, kiddush after davening.

Eretz Chemdah, 2 Bruriya:

This week Rabbi Morrie Wruble will give the pre Shacharit shiur and Drasha. 4.14 pm – Candles, 8.00 am – Shiur. 8.45 am – Shacharit (Sof Zman Kriat Shema 8.37 am) Drasha before Musaf, Kiddush – The kiddush this week is sponsored by Herman and Froukje Bobbe on the occasion of the Bat Mitzva of their granddaughter, Nili Bat Zion and on the Aliyah of their son, Jerry Michael.5.25 pm – Havdala

ELC, 64 Emek Refaim:

8:00 am – “Ma’arat Hamachpeila, Kivrei Tzadikim and Jewish Cemeteries in Halacha and Aggada”
with Rabbi Shalom Myers
8:45 am – Shacharit
10:30 am – Children’s service with Ronnit Goldfain

Kiddush this week is sponsored by David & Reggie Comins
in honor of their 2nd Aliyah Anniversary!

SHABBAT AFTERNOON
3:30 pm- Avot U’Banim
4:15 pm- Mincha
Followed by Seudat Shlishit
with Torah Thoughts from Ben Wittenberg

SHABBAT ENDS/MA’ARIV
5:26 pm

Parsha from Brendan Stern – Chayei Sarah: Priorities

The Parsha details Avraham sending his trusted servant Eliezer to find an appropriate wife for Yitzchak from his birthplace. In addition to being Avraham’s servant, Eliezer is described as “the elder of his house, who ruled over all that was his” (Bereishit 24:2). In effect Eliezer managed Avraham’s financial empire with a free reign. Avraham clearly had full trust in the integrity of Eliezer. The pasuk continues, however, with a description of Avraham demanding that Eliezer takes an oath to follow through with the instructions to find Yitzchak a fitting life partner (Rashi ibid.).

If Avraham trusted Eliezer with no questions asked on all matters pertaining to the running of his estate, why did he not trust his integrity vis-à-vis finding a wife for Yitzchak? Why couldn’t he rely on Eliezer without him taking an oath?

Rav Chaim Soloveitchik says that we learn from Avraham’s actions that when it comes to material matters Avraham found it easy to trust Eliezer. For someone not obsessed with money and for whom money was not the defining feature of his life, he had no reason not to have unwavering trust in his loyal servant to manage his affairs. If Eliezer were to make an error of judgement it would not be the be all and end all.

However when it came to spiritual pursuits, namely the spirituality of his son and his descendants, Avraham did not trust anyone blindly. A mistake in this endeavour would affect the future of Am Yisrael and as such there was no room for error!

Unfortunately in life we often make the mistake of delegating authority carte blanche in spiritual pursuits, yet micro managing physical endeavours. The message from Avraham is to maintain the right priority perspective ensuring the greatest possible spiritual growth for ourselves and our families!

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