The secret of a good life - Chaye Sara

Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 11:24 am

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Do you think there is someone who can say that all the years of his or her life were equally good?

In this week’s Parasha Chaye Sara, we read about the passing of Sara, who lived “one hundred years, twenty years and seven years”. According to our Sages, this circumvoluted way of describing Sara’s age, repeating the word “years”, teaches us that all the years of her life were equally good.

If we look at Sara’s life, we will be very surprised. Sara lived through many challenges and her life was far from easy. Because of the famine in the Land of Israel, she fled to Egypt with her husband Abraham. There, because of her exceptional beauty, she was taken to Pharaoh’s palace and only a miracle made it impossible for him to touch her, and she was thus freed. Likewise, she waited many years until she gave birth to a son, at the age of 90. How can we compare the years of sterility and the years of maternity, the moments with Abraham and the moments with Pharaoh and say that they were equally good?

Let us imagine a businessperson, who has various businesses. If one day, he wins thousands of euros with one business, while losing 50 cents with another, he will be very happy. If he is asked why is he not distressed about the loss of the 50 cents, he will not understand the question, since he earned thousands of euros!

This is the case of someone who lives a meaningful life. He or she has a significant goal in life, beyond survival and material pleasures. Thus, when difficulties arise, these do not overthrow him or her. The center of his or her life is not material issues. Like the businessperson who focuses and busies himself with the thousand euros and does not let the 50 cents affect him.

It is the same for Sara: She lived a meaningful life, with the significant goal of spreading the faith in the One and only G-d. The various difficulties did not bring her down.

We are living a complicated period. But if our lives are meaningful and focused on significant goals, the difficulties will affect us less.

Let us dedicate a few moments each day to reflect: What is the purpose of my life? What fills it up with meaning? As a result, we will be able to see what we accomplish, what influence we have on our surroundings. This will give us strength and courage, especially in difficult times, and motivate us to do even more.

Thus, like Sara, we will be able to say that all our years were significant and good.

Shabbat Shalom


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