A short shabbat reflection from the weekly Torah portion by Rabbi Mark Melamut
*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish. Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel,
would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)
Parshat Va-yera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)
During the heat of the day, just hanging out in their tent, Abraham and Sarah are treated to a holy experience. They are visited by sacred visitors who share with them some unbelievable news. It turns out that even in their old age, they are to bear a child together. Beyond childbearing years, Sarah’s response is recorded, “And Sarah laughed to herself…”(18:12)
When we hear of news or even discover something about others or ourselves that seems unbelievable, we might ask, “Really? Could this be true? Is this really happening?” Maybe, even like Sarah, we laugh. How could something that seems impossible, unattainable or unbelievable, actually become our reality? In this week’s reading, we watch as the “divine trump card” is played to resolve this question – “Is anything to wondrous for G-d?” Was Sarah’s laugh one of disbelief, amazement, or shock? Maybe she laughed within, because she realized that potential was always within her. However, it was only now, under particular circumstances, that she came to realize it.
What are the limits or obstacles to unlocking our own potential?
What is one area of potential you’d like to change to actual (even laughable) in your life?
Rabbi Mark Melamut