Drash Cards for Chaye Sarah (5765)
by Marc Mangel
• Let’s read Ch 24, v1 without “Bo B’yamim” and then with it. What do we learn from these words?
• They were used once before in Ch 18, v 11 meaning ‘well on in years’ — i.e. old.
• In Ch 24, v 1 they mean ‘really old’, i.e. that Abraham might die before the return of Elazar
• R. Avraham of Slonim said that some people let the day priced them; others preced the day. For the former, only at the end of the day does the person realize that something is needed for spiritual growth. The latter worries about tomorrow.
• Abraham was neither. He came exactly with the day and his firm faith allowed him not to worry about the next day. We might call this mindfulness — with its origins in the Torah.
• Chidushei HaRim has a different view: each day has its unique challenges and goals — today and only today can we seize spiritual opportunities.
• Abraham both lived the big picture and made good use of every single day and its unique goal
• Maayanah Shel Torah said that Abraham accomplished something each and every day.
• At the start of each day we should ask “What can I accomplish today?” and at the end of the day “What have I accomplished this day?”
• If the answer is weak, Zelig Plishkin says do one small thing: study some Toray, give to Tzedaka, or make a list of goals .