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‫פרשת‬ ‫חיי שרה‬ Issue No. 23

The Ultimate Test From the Rosh Hayeshiva‫שליט״א‬ ‫גר ותושב אנכי עמכם תנו לי אחזת קבר עמכם ואקברה מתי‬ I am a foreign resident amongst you, give me a burial plot to bury my dead

After Avrohom Ovinu passed what would have seemed the biggest test of all, the “Akeidas Yitzchok”, he comes home to find his eishes chayi,l Soro, had passed away. According to Rabbeinu Yona (Avos perek 5 mishna 3) this was the tenth and final test, to find a place to bury Soro Imeinu. We know by tradition that the tests for Avrohom became increasingly difficult. This begs the question that although it must have been crushing for Avrohom to find Soro had passed on and to find a place to bury her, surely the Akeidah of slaughtering his beloved child who was born to him in his old age must have been harder!? Rav Yissochor Frand shlit”a offers a beautiful pshat. As one goes through life and loses the strong desires for the pleasures of this world, the last thing left for a person to work on is the honour an older person sometimes feel they deserve by right and indeed they generally do. A person is entitled after working so hard for many years, to enjoy his retirement in peace and quiet and let the next generation work hard. However while this is true in gashmiyus, when it comes to the work of Hkb”H we have no “retirement age”. Either a person is growing spiritually or he is falling. There is no resting on our laurels. Avrohom Ovinu had passed (according to Rabbeinu Yoina) nine terribly hard tests culminating in the Akeidas Yitzchok for which we still reap the rewards today. He had every right to feel that he deserved some years of peace and quiet to enjoy the fruits of his hard labour. Yet when he returns home, not only is Soro not alive, but he now has to go and buy (!) a burial plot in the land he had been promised will be his! Surely he had a right to at least feel weary! It would have been well within human nature to have at least thought that after a life of kiddush Hashem, of bringing so many people close to Hashem, certainly he should get a break! But no. This was the ultimate test. After passing the hardest of tests would Avrohom still be able to pass yet another tremendous difficulty without complaint when by all rights he should have been able to “retire” in peace. Rav Dessler says something similar regarding this final test. Often in life we come across people who are selfindulgent and ignorant without sparing a thought for anyone else. These people usually turn up in our life just on the day that things aren't going well, when we’ve had “a hard day in the office”. As human beings we can sometimes get exasperated with such selfish people and give them a good piece of our mind, for their benefit of course. However if we look at how Avrohom dealt with Ephron we see a different picture. There was no doubt that Avrohom was having one of those difficult days! Ephron was the perfect example of an egoistic mercenary. Still Avrohom doesn't lose his equilibrium and treats Ephron as an equal, as another Tzelem Elokim, and deals with him calmly without a murmur of mussar. All too often we are presented with the same challenge. Often even with our friends or children who aren't always taking the same path in our avodas Hashem. It is natural to feel an indignant right to exclude or to teach such “selfish kids” a lesson. After all “can't they see how much they're hurting their families with such brazen chutzpah”. Yet this is the greatest of all nisyoinos. To treat everyone, no matter what, like an equal, especially when they are not an Ephron but often people carrying a greater burden than we can even imagine.

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