The Pillars of Avraham’s Home

מרן הרב אשר וייס

  Avraham bound his servant Eliezer by a sacred oath, not to take a wife for Yitzchak from the daughters of Canaan.  What fault did Avraham find in the daughters of Canaan, and why did he suppose that the daughters of Aram Naharayim were in any way superior?  The Rambam tells us that Avraham had…

The Passing of Sarah

מרן הרב אשר וייס

   In the opening passages of this week’s parsha, Rashi cites a question from the Midrash Tanchuma: למה נסמכה מיתת שרה לעקידת יצחק, לפי שעל ידי בשורת העקידה שנזדמן בנה לשחיטה וכמעט שלא נשחט פרחה נשמתה ממנה ומתה. Why was the death of Sarah recorded in the Torah alongside Akeidas Yitzchak?  When she was informed…