To Love Responsibly

Dena Weiss

Parashat Hayyei Sarah

Eliezer, the servant of Avraham, is the Torah’s first and maybe best, human matchmaker.  After Sarah dies, Avraham feels compelled to set his house in order and find a wife for their son Yitzhak. Eliezer is the man chosen for the job.  Eliezer is no ordinary servant and no ordinary shadkhan.  He sets his own course in finding a match for his young master and the choices that he makes in achieving this mission teach us how to succeed in two dimensions of being in relationship.  He teaches us how to be both lovingly responsible and responsibly loving. (5778)