Dvar Torah Parshat Chaye Sarah 5772 2011

When Avraham sends his trustworthy servant Eliezer to find a wife for Yitzchak, he tells him to go: EL ARTZI VE’EL MOLADETI, “to my land and to my birthplace”. (Gen. 24,4) When Eliezer relates to Rivka’s family the mission he was given by Avraham he says he was told to go: EL Bet Avi, “to my father’s house”. (Gen. 24,38)

When Hashem first spoke to Avraham and told him LECH LECHA, He mentioned all three of these aspects. He told him to leave his land, his birthplace and his father’s house. Eliezer mentioned the third item that Avraham omitted.
No matter what Avraham told his servant and no matter what his servant told Rivka’s family, when a person changes his dwelling place, these are the three hardest things with which he must contend. Avraham heeded the call of Hashem and did not hesitate. Rivka did the same. Although her family attempted to discourage her and delay her departure, Rivka did not hesitate. When asked if she will go, her immediate response was, “I will go”. (Gen. 24,58)

Jews who make Aliya to Israel face the same predicament, especially those coming from the United States. Most of them were born there and grew up there. Their contacts and their associations are all in that country. Their language and their livelihood are dependent on that country and its culture.

It is not easy for American Jews to make Aliya. Those who do move are courageous and dedicated and respond to the call just as Avraham and Rivka did. They leave their country, their birthplace and their father’s house but they go to the country where Jews belong.

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