Is Love Blind?

The central narrative in parashas Hayei Sarah is the mission of Avraham’s servant to obtain a wife for Yitzhak. It is generally assumed, by midrashim, other commentaries (including Ibn Ezra, in a passing remark in parashas Yisro1), and contemporary Orthodox students of the Torah that the servant in question was Eliezer, but the servant is […]

It Takes A Village

For C.S., whose parshah it is. A number of Tosafist commentaries to today’s parshah explain that the involvement of the general Hittite community in what was apparently a simple purchase by Avraham of Efron’s private property was necessary since mere acquisition of title would not have sufficed to allow Avraham to utilize it as a […]