Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione – “Meeting of Isaac and Rebecca” – c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 124 x 175 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Saturday, November 10, 2012
How far back can you go with stories about your ancestors? Families that have such accounts rejoice in the sense of identity and belonging that their ancestors give them.
As you read the story of how Isaac and Rebecca married, let us remember that these are our ancestors too. You and I are part of God’s chosen people. When Abraham was promised descendants “as the stars of the heaven and as the sand on the seashore,” you were included. God’s all embracing knowledge and love had you in mind. There is a song which sings about Jesus: “When he was on the cross, I was on his mind.”
As the Christian year soon ends, we gratefully remember what God has done—”Our help from ages past.”
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12, so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions near the International Date Line.