Torah Tidbits

22 August 2014 / 26 Av 5774
Issue 1020
Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sara
November 08, 2012

Portion of the Portion

Hashem Blessed Avraham with Everything

Avraham has had a hard life. His wife just died. Now he is old, actually very old. And the verse (24:1) tells us that G-d blessed him with everything - BAKOL.
Rashi says that in gimatriya, the word BAKOL has the same numerical value (52) as the word BEN - son. He has everything - but to insure that this blessing continues - he must find him a spouse so he too can have children. That is the connection with the next verse where he instructs his servant, Eliezer, to find his son a match not from the women of Canaan, but from his hometown.
According to the midrash - G-d blessed Avraham with a girl whose name was BAKOL.
Whether it’s a boy or a girl or both, a person’s children are considered everything to him. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life we sometimes forget this and forget to tell our children how much they mean to us.
The Kedushat HaLlevi says that a true tzadik is someone who thinks of the good of others. When does Avraham feel that he has everything - when others also have everything BAKOL - when everyone has everything. When we care for the needs of our children and those around we truly have everything.
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AVRAHAM WAS BLESSED WITH EVERYTHING - here is a recipe for an easy Tutti-Frutti dessert - Tutti- Frutti comes from Italian “all fruits” - it has everything in it.

1 can sliced peaches
1 can pineapple chunks
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
2-4 large bananas sliced
1 can fruit cocktail
1 pkg. instant lemon pudding
3-4 apples sliced
Handful of chopped dried fruits such as: apricots, dates, raisins and/or prunes (optional)

Pour peaches, pineapple and fruit cocktail with all juices into a large bowl. Add other fruit, then add pudding mixes. Do not prepare pudding, just dump in bowl with fruit and mix. Mix all together and refrigerate.

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