Going Home

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Chayei Sarah Return Home v2

“You can’t always go home.”

Abraham is buried by Isaac and Ishmael in the cave Abraham purchased when he buried Sarah. It’s pretty impressive that Ishmael made the trip to Hebron to bury Abraham. Last they spoke, Ishmael was thrown out of Abraham’s house for his mischief.

It takes great courage to return to a place of great trauma. We have to admire Ishmael for making the difficult journey of returning home when all indications seem to say that home does not want you.

Then why did Ishmael come to bury his father?

I think it’s fair to say that it’s possible that Isaac kept up with his bother Ishmael, and perhaps Abraham did as well. They wanted Ishmael to feel like he was in the family circle as much as possible.

Unfortunately, there are so many people who have been forcibly removed from their homes, their lives, or their comfort zones. It takes great courage to even try to return home to those places that have now become places of trauma.

It makes it easier if those who are asked to leave or pushed out can feel like they are still in the family circe. At least then there is a chance that our banished sons and daughters will return.

Rabbi Eliyahu Fink is the founder of shulontheinternet.com.
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