Parashat Chaye Sarah 5782 – Rivka: The Original Influencer
Description: In Parashat Chaye Sarah, Avraham sends his servant Eliezer on a mission to find a spouse for his son Yitzchak. Avraham doesn’t offer much in the way of criteria, but Eliezer devises a test of character to find a spouse worthy of Yitzchak. As we witness the encounter between Eliezer and Rivka, the reader notices many similarities in words, actions, and values to the stories of Avraham. Rivka exercises leadership and uses her influence to prove herself worthy to be the true successor to Avraham and leader of the next generation.
Verses: Bereishit Rabbah 60:8, Genesis 24:1-67, Genesis 12:1, Genesis 18:1-8, Joshua 24:2-3, Bereishit Rabbah 63:4, Genesis 22:17
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About Michael Emerson
Michael Emerson is the Associate Director of Marketing and Development at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Raised in Memphis, TN, Michael graduated from Columbia University in 2009 and completed a Master’s Degree in NYU’s Education and Jewish Studies program. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 2014 and is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholar alumnus. Michael made Aliyah in July 2019 from Columbus, Ohio where he was Program Director of the Wexner Service Corps, a service-learning fellowship for Jewish teens run by The Wexner Foundation. Previously, Michael taught Tanakh for four years at SAR High School, an Orthodox day school in Riverdale, NY, and during the summers he taught at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in its learning program for high school girls. Michael spent six wonderful summers at Camp Stone, a Modern Orthodox summer camp, where he was inspired to become a Jewish educator. Michael is married to Dr. Adina Bitton, and together they have three daughters, Maayan, Lital and Keren.