Meir Tzvi Berman

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Parsha Chayei Soroh

"Vayihyu Chayei Soroh Me'ah Shonoh V'esrim Shonoh V'Sheva Shonim Shnei Chayei Soroh."

And the life of Soroh was a hundred years and twenty years and seven years, the years of the life of Soroh."

DEFINITION OF AN ERA:The repetition of the phrase "the years of the life of Soroh" indicates that these years were defined by Soroh's presence. Just as a righteous person leaves an indelible mark on the place where he or she lives, he/she also leaves a mark on the entire era. - S'fas Emes

"Sh'say V'gam G'malecha Ashkeh"

Drink and I will give your camels to drink

OF COURSE!: Yitzchok needed a wife who excelled in the trait of kindness. When Eliezer set forth to find a wife for Yitzchok, he set up the following test. He would approach a maiden and ask for a drink. The worthy bride would respond by offering a drink for both Eliezer and his camels. When praying to Hashem that this test should work, he expected the girl to say "Sh'say V'gam G'malecha Ashkeh" (Drink and I will give your camels to drink).

Rivka however let Eliezer finish drinking and only then offered to draw water for the camels.

Eliezer's objective would have been fulfilled if the prospective bride would have said, "Not only will I do what you asked for, I'll do a bigger job, one that you didn't ask for." Although this reflects a bit of self-aggrandizement, Eliezer did not set his sights above this level. Rivka’s reaction shows that the act of kindness was perfectly natural to her and she had no reason to boast about the great deed she was doing. - Darash Moshe

"Vayiten Teven U'mispoa Lag'malim U'mayim Lirchotz Raglav V'raglei

Hoanoshim Asher Ito: Vayisem L'fonov Le'echol Vayomer Lo Ochal Ad Im Dibarti D'vorai" etc.

And he placed straw and fodder before his camels, and water to wash his feet and those of the men who were with him. And he put food before him, and he said "I won't eat till I say my words."

TO FEED A CROWD: It seems from the verse that food was originally put only in front of Eliezer, not the men who were with him. They had only received washing water.

Someone who invites guests only because he is ashamed not to, will try to get away with the minimum. Lavon felt that only Eliezer seemed respectable enough to warrant a meal. However, when Eliezer insisted on immediately broaching the subject of the marriage between Rivka and Yitzchok, Lovan realized that treating the entire party properly would be in his best interests, because it would increase his chances of success in closing a deal with Eliezer. Indeed we see that following Eliezer's narration, "Vayochlu Vayishtu Hu V'haanashim Asher Ito". (And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him.) The other men got to eat only when Lavan realized what was at stake. - Chasam Sofer

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