People Are Complicated

Rabbi Shai Held

Parashat Hayyei Sarah

Human beings are complex creatures, capable of deep kindness and stunning selfishness. In the span of just three chapters of Genesis, one biblical character scales the heights and plumbs the depths of human behavior. Rebekah can care for her husband Isaac, but she can also play him. Rebekah’s gift for identifying people’s vulnerability is a sign of her greatness; it is also, tragically, her undoing. (5775)