Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Best Things In Life Are Free - Chayei Sarah

This weekend we read Parashat “Chaye Sarah”.  It is translated as  ‘Sarah’s lifetime’ although it actually begins with the death of Sarah.  Sarah’s husband, Abraham, needs a place to bury her and the Torah tells us that he purchased a cave in the field of Machpelah in Hebron as the family grave.
The field and cave are owned by Ephron, who makes a quite a big deal over this transaction, including letting everyone know that he is offering the cave for free.  After some heavy-duty negotiations, Abraham insists on paying the full price. Jewish tradition suggests some reasons why he does, but I guess by paying for it made Abraham feel as though he really owned it. But, sometimes its really hard to put a price on something that is really valuable to us. Many of us learned something important this past week. As Hurricane Sandy blew into our area and wreaked havoc on our lives, we realized that perhaps there is a difference between the price of something and the true value of something. What is really the most valuable thing to you?
Is it your furniture, a piece of jewelry, or your clothing, or your car?
I bet that it’s the things that don’t have a price-tag…your family, friends, and the things that you’ve learned through the years.
As one storm passes, others will come. It’s important to try to keep things in perspective. Believe in yourself, your family and your community. Who knows? It might be a transformative experience.

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