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Daily Aliya for Chaye Sarah, Sheni (2nd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Having acquired the land, Avraham buried Sarah in the Cave of Machpela. At this point, Avraham summoned his servant and charged him with the mission of finding a suitable wife for his son Isaac. Avraham had his servant swear that he would not take a wife for Isaac from the local Canaanite women. Instead, he asked him to travel to Aram, his native land, and find a wife for Isaac there.

When the field of Ephron was acquired by Avraham, the Passuk says that it was “established” (“vayakam”). But the hebrew word also means “it was elevated”, as Rashi explains, from being owned by Ephron to being owned by Avraham. But it was also raised in stature by its new use, being an object used for a Mitzvah. Just like objects such as this land/cave can be elevated by using them for good things, we too can elevate ourselves and our existence by performing good deeds.