Is G-d stuck in traffic?

Thursday, 17 November, 2022 - 9:28 pm

In a fascinating change from the typical short form of the Torah, this week’s Torah portion spends 67 verses talking about Eliezer, the “servant” of Avraham, searching for a bride for Isaac.

It tells us the story in detail twice.


Many people see G-d as part of their life in the synagogue. During a Torah class. Or, even when eating a Shabbat meal.

But traffic? Travels? The delay? Arriving early? Where is G-d there?

One of the reasons the Torah gives this extra-long story in detail, and repeats it, is to teach us that G-d derives a special pleasure from His partnership with us as we go about our daily lives, integrating and finding G-d in the most simple and mundane details of our daily narrative.

There are no services this week as I will be in NY for the International Chabad Conference. Tune in Sunday evening 5:00 PM at

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi

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