Ah, Abraham and Sarah – the couple that traveled together, caused trouble together and dreamed big together!Imagine when Abraham first told Sarah they were going to move far away from their families (besides bringing Lot along) – this may have seemed welcomed at first, but moving away back then meant you were leaving for good.Avram and Nachor took wives, the name of the wife of Avram was Sarai and the name of the wife of Nachor was Milkah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milkah and the father of Yiskah. (Genesis -30) Yiskah refers to Sarah, since she gazes ("socha") with Divine spirit, and everyone gazes ("sochin") at her beauty.Also, Yiskah means princess ("nesichut"), like Sarah, from the same root as authority ("srara").King David’s initial dynasty came to an end with the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian Exile.In an earlier expulsion King Jehoiachin was exiled by Nebuchadnezzar, together with his family and several thousand of the Torah scholars and higher classes (II Kings -16). The final king of Judah, Jehoiachin’s uncle Zedekiah, was too exiled to Babylonia.See Abraham and Sarah as an example of how God can bless your marriage if you stick together and learn to fully trust Him sooner.
You have to read and study the verses closely, but there is so much to learn about what true love really means and how to remain committed in your relationship.
Nachmanides quotes a well-known dictum: "The events of the ancestors are a predestined sign for their descendents." Assuming, as well, that the events of the Jewish matriarchs are a sign for their descendents, we would like to study the lives of these great Jewish women who enabled, complemented and stood by their husbands in their mission to create a monotheistic nation that would be a light unto others.
What strengths and characteristics did they imprint upon our genetic code for generations to come?
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