Parshas Chayei Sarah – The Daughters of Sarah and Rivkah

A king keeps his most prized possessions in his treasure house. Locked behind thick doors and tough guards are the king’s most precious jewels and treasured items. The Gemara in Shabbos (10b) tells us that Hashem said to Moshe he had a gift for Moshe from His personal treasure house, its name? Shabbos. Besides being a day where we are able to unplug and divert our attention away from the world that surrounds us. Focusing on family, friends and holy things, Shabbos is also the source of all our blessing. Avraham and Sarah observed all of the Torah’s commandments way before the Torah was given. When Sarah would light Shabbos candles Erev Shabbos they would miraculously continue burning throughout the week up until the next Shabbos. After her passing when Avraham would light the candles they did not continue burning into the week. Soon after, as the Pasuk tells us “Yitzchak brought Rivkah to the tent of his mother, Sarah.” (24:67) and when Rivkah lit Shabbos candles, like Sarah, they would stay burning throughout the entire week. This demonstrates the completely unique ability of the Jewish woman, a daughter of Sarah and Rivkah, to spiritually influence the world around them positively through their actions. Many struggle to stretch the blessings of Shabbos and its holiness into the mundane days of the week ahead, but the holiness of the daughters of Sarah and Rivkah is that they are infusing every mundane day with the supreme holiness of Shabbos. The flames may not be visible throughout the week but the spiritual flame that enters a home on Shabbos will continue burning, providing light, warmth, holiness and blessing to a home in even the lowest moments. It is with this strength of the Jewish woman that blessing is brought into the days of the week, and through this strength we continue as children of our holy forefathers and mothers before us – blessed and trusting in Hashem that we will constantly enjoy the spiritual illumination carried on from Shabbos into our non-Shabbos lives.

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