20 Cheshvan 5773.
This week’s parsha is Chayei Sarah, “life of Sarah”, in which Sarah dies, covering Genesis 23:1-25:18. At a hundred and seven and twenty years Sarah dies and Abraham seeks to purchase her burial plot. After these negotiations, Abraham makes his servant swear not let Isaac marry a Canaanitie woman, but rather a girl from his father’s hometown. But Isaac can’t go back to his father’s birthplace, requiring the servant and an angel to form a bride seeking duo match making team. Now how to find a woman suitable to be Abraham’s daughter-in-law? The one that offered not only to give the men water, but also to show compassion to the camels would be the one. Not only did Rebecca do this, but when asked about a nightly lodging for the men, replied affirmatively with additional information on stables and hay. Lots more happens in this parsha, but that is my favorite part. You can read the rest, including about the formation of the 12 tribes, by yourself by visiting these sites:
For translations: JTS http://jtsa.edu/Conservative_Judaism/JTS_Torah_Commentary/Hayyei_Sarah_Translation.xml
For animation:G-dcast http://www.g-dcast.com/chayei-sarah