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Chayei Soro: It's the Little Things

obormottel Sunday, 21 September 2014

The patriarch Abraham sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. Standing at the well, Eliezer says, "I will ask a young woman for a drink. If she also offers water to my camels, I know that she is a proper match for Isaac."

Rebecca gave Eliezer a drink, and indeed offered water to his camels. She became the wife of Isaac, the matriarch Rebecca, mother of the Jewish nation.

The media makes us aware of great events: man walks on the moon, heart transplants, a Nobel prize for a great discovery. These are indeed epochal events. What significance can there be in the little things we do day in and day out? They do not move mountains or shake up entire populations.

A young girl gives a thirsty man a drink and water to his camels, and changes the course of world history.

The little things we do are important.