Eliezer And Samuel's Surprising Connection

Eliezer And Samuel's Surprising Connection

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman

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Description

Parshat Chayei Sarah tells the tale of Abraham’s servant (presumably Eliezer) and his search for a wife for Isaac — but hidden within this account are a series of words and phrases whose echoes we find, almost word for word, elsewhere in the Torah. At face value, that “other” story seems to have little to do with Eliezer finding Rebecca by the well: it’s about the selection of one of Israel’s national leaders, not about finding a wife.

But in this video, Rabbi Fohrman suggests that the two stories have quite a lot in common indeed — and that the Torah is showing us the common thread that links marriage and kingship. This video pushes beyond the obvious answers, and offers a novel idea about what makes nations rise and fall, and what makes marriages succeed or fail.