Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Chayei Sara

rebecca-at-the-well_hp1This has to be one of my favorite Torah portions, because this week we learn about Abraham seeking a bride for his son, Isaac. Eliezer goes with strict instructions, back to Abraham’s family to find Isaac’s wife. A whole chapter is devoted to telling this love story (chapter 24). This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sara – Genesis 23:1-25:18.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 23:1-16 (16 p’sukim)

2: 23:17-24:9 (13 p’sukim)

3: 24:10-26 (17 p’sukim)

4: 24:27-52 (26 p’sukim)

5: 24:53-67 (15 p’sukim)

6: 25:1-11 (11 p’sukim)

7: 25:12-18 (7 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is I Kings 1:1 – 1:31

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team (this is for this week’s portion, in particular):

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of rachem or compassion. If you would like to explore mussar (personal character development), I recommend starting here: http://rivertonmussar.org/

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Rachem (Compassion). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • Wake up and say a prayer of gratitude for another day of life to the Father of all Mercy.
  • When you feel hurt by someone else, remind yourself that they human are just like you (empathy).
  • Look for an opportunity to help someone in need, don’t forget to start with the people in your home, then extend outward to the world.

Blessings and Shalom,

S~