Parshat ha Shavuah Verses – Vayera

This week is all about families and Gd. Avraham talks to Gd one way or the other many times. However, Sarah is the personality I am interested in.

ו  וַיְמַהֵר אַבְרָהָם הָאֹהֱלָה, אֶל-שָׂרָה; וַיֹּאמֶר, מַהֲרִי שְׁלֹשׁ סְאִים קֶמַח סֹלֶת–לוּשִׁי, וַעֲשִׂי עֻגוֹת.

6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said: ‘Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.’

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The bread was simple

No yeast, no gaava – גאווה

The taste was heavenly – the angels ate it

 

ט  וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו, אַיֵּה שָׂרָה אִשְׁתֶּךָ; וַיֹּאמֶר, הִנֵּה בָאֹהֶל.

9 And they said unto him: ‘Where is Sarah thy wife?’ And he said: ‘Behold, in the tent.’

י  וַיֹּאמֶר, שׁוֹב אָשׁוּב אֵלֶיךָ כָּעֵת חַיָּה, וְהִנֵּה-בֵן, לְשָׂרָה אִשְׁתֶּךָ; וְשָׂרָה שֹׁמַעַת פֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל, וְהוּא אַחֲרָיו.

10 And He said: ‘I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.’ And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.–

יא  וְאַבְרָהָם וְשָׂרָה זְקֵנִים, בָּאִים בַּיָּמִים; חָדַל לִהְיוֹת לְשָׂרָה, אֹרַח כַּנָּשִׁים.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.–

יב  וַתִּצְחַק שָׂרָה, בְּקִרְבָּהּ לֵאמֹר:  אַחֲרֵי בְלֹתִי הָיְתָה-לִּי עֶדְנָה, וַאדֹנִי זָקֵן.

12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying: ‘After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’

יג  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, אֶל-אַבְרָהָם:  לָמָּה זֶּה צָחֲקָה שָׂרָה לֵאמֹר, הַאַף אֻמְנָם אֵלֵד–וַאֲנִי זָקַנְתִּי.

13 And the LORD said unto Abraham: ‘Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying: Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old?

יד  הֲיִפָּלֵא מֵיְהוָה, דָּבָר; לַמּוֹעֵד אָשׁוּב אֵלֶיךָ, כָּעֵת חַיָּה–וּלְשָׂרָה בֵן.

14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD. At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son.’

טו  וַתְּכַחֵשׁ שָׂרָה לֵאמֹר לֹא צָחַקְתִּי, כִּי יָרֵאָה; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא, כִּי צָחָקְתְּ.

15 Then Sarah denied, saying: ‘I laughed not’; for she was afraid. And He said: ‘Nay; but thou didst laugh.’

Are you able to hear Gd? Presumably, He is speaking to us always. Some of us are able to hear, not many. Even rarer is the case of, actually, answering the call we heard. However, if you hear, but still question the validity of the call, prepare to face the consequences.

You laughed? You thought it was impossible for Me?

You’ll get a child, and a great one, soon

You’ll never see him married, get to love the grandkidssarah_itzchak

It is told that Sarah did not live to see the family her son, Yitzhak  יִצְחָק‎‎ created. (hopefully, I’ll talk about it next time). Was this the punishment she received for laughing at the prospect of having a child at 99? Or, was it just a nervous laughter of a woman who lost all her hope forcing herself not to hope again? Don’t we all sometimes dream so hard about something, so hopeful, so often that we try to sort of push away that hope knowing that the dream is totally unattainable? I know I do.

 

א  וַיהוָה פָּקַד אֶת-שָׂרָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמָר; וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָה לְשָׂרָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר.

1 And the LORD remembered Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as He had spoken.

ב  וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד שָׂרָה לְאַבְרָהָם בֵּן, לִזְקֻנָיו, לַמּוֹעֵד, אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר אֹתוֹ אֱלֹהִים.

2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

A woman’s quest as old as life itself

Her pleas to Gd for baby that she yearns

A miracle – each one of them through ages

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל-אַבְרָהָם, אַל-יֵרַע בְּעֵינֶיךָ עַל-הַנַּעַר וְעַל-אֲמָתֶךָ–כֹּל אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה, שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ:  כִּי בְיִצְחָק, יִקָּרֵא לְךָ זָרַע.

12 And God said unto Abraham: ‘Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee.

Sarah was, definitely, able to hear Gd. We are told that she had more Ruach ha Kodesh – רוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ than even Abraham. Her Shabbat candles’ light is said to have illuminated the world. This Friday night, when I am lighting the candles, I will think of Sarah – my pra-mother. I will hope to merit adding at least a sparkle of her light to my own candles.

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