Aug 28, 2019

Raize Guttman 08-25-19 (24 Av 5779)

Parsha Chayei Sarah - Chapter 24 – Verse 10-12

We are in the middle of the story where Avraham sends Eliezer to find a wife for Yitzchak. The first thing Eliezer does is to daven for a shidduch for Yitzchak - saying Hashem, please arrange it for me. From this we learn an important lesson. Of course, Hashem is in control of everything, but especially with shidduchim it is true! It is clearly so supernatural how 2 people come together & we need to make sure to turn it over to Hashem and give him the whole control.

Raize also speaks about the coming month of Elul. Elul is the acronym for a few different verses that are found throughout Tanach, these verses all stand for and represent the 3 very special things that remove an evil decree and bring a person close to Hashem. Teshuva (repentance), Tefillah (prayer), & Tzedakah (charity), bring a person to a supernatural status or a different status than they were before. Therefore it is said with these 3 things, a person can annul an evil decree that was decreed upon them.

By applying the lesson in our Parsha Chayei Sarah with the preparation for the coming month of Elul, by doing tefillah more mindfully we always bring ourselves closer to Hashem. .

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