Tying Up Loose Ends

The portion ends with an account of the end of Abraham’s days and a genealogy of Isaac’s half-brother, Ishmael.   If you do the math, Abraham lives on to see his grandchildren. However, he makes no further appearances in the narrative, and so the Torah wraps up...

Rebecca Accepts

The servant asks the family if he may take Rebecca back to Israel to marry Isaac. Brother and father alike respond that they cannot stand in the way of God’s will, and she may go with him. When the servant asks to leave the next morning, however, her mother and...