November 6 - Cheshvan 24
A majority of the Torah reading this week in Parashat Chayei Sarah focuses on Abraham's servant finding a wife for his son, Isaac. Right before the first-time meeting of Rebecca and Isaac, the Torah tells us (Genesis 24:63):
"and Isaac went out walking in the field toward evening"
It is a small detail within a very plot driven narrative, yet it is significant. Some commentators say Isaac went out to meditate or pray. The rabbis in the Talmud assert that Isaac went out to converse with God. After such a beautiful fall week, it is a good reminder that we should take time to appreciate the beautiful scenery and weather. It is gift to pause before life events and busy schedules. We should carve opportunities to seek the calm in meditation or in our conversations with ourselves and/or God.
One message within Parashat Chayei Sarah is the reminder to slow down and be more present with nature, ourselves, and God. While this beautiful weather lasts, I encourage you to seek calm in nature and in our lives. It can be as simple as taking a walk this Shabbat.
Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom.