Bereisheet (Genesis): Chayei Sarah > Ch 24

Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac among Abraham’s family

  • Abraham sent his chief servant (one that oversaw all that he had), to the land of Abraham’s birth to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham asked the servant to swear that he will not take a wife for Isaac from the daughters of the Canaanites.

Abraham’s servant finds Rebecca, identified to him through a miracle

  • The servant took ten camels and the best gifts (gold & silver items, garments, delicacies, etc) and went to Aram naharaim, to the city of Nahor. He made the camels kneel outside the city beside the well of water, at the time the maidens go out to draw water. And he asked G-d to show him the right maiden, saying that it would be one who will offer him a drink of water and will also bring water to the camels. Before he finished speaking Rebecca came out with a pitcher on her shoulder. She was beautiful and no man had been with her. When the servant asked her for a drink of water, she let him drink and brought pitchers of water until all the camels finished drinking.
  • The servant asked Rebecca about her family line, when he learned that she was from Abraham’s family the servant thanked the Lord greatly and gave Rebecca gold bracelets and gifts.
  • They went to Rebecca’s house, where the servant explained everything to Rebecca’s family, gave them gifts and asked to let Rebecca leave and go to Isaac. Rebecca’s mother and brother (Laban) wanted Rebecca to stay for a year but the servant disagreed. They let Rebecca make the decision and she chose to go with the servant.

Rebecca becomes Isaac’s wife

  • Isaac went forth to pray in the field towards evening, and he saw camels approaching. The Rebecca covered herself with a veil. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. And Isaac brought her to the tent of Sarah his mother, and he took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted for the loss of his mother.

Rashi Commentary

  • that he prostrated himself on the ground From here [we learn] that we must give thanks for good tidings.
  • fodder All camel food is called מִסְפּוֹא, such as straw and barley.
  • the trough A hollow stone from which the camels drink.
  • Aram-naharaim [lit., Aram of the two rivers.] It is situated between two rivers.

Research & Analysis
  • Isaac went forth to pray in the field towards evening – Isaac prayed daily, feared G-d and was blessed.
  • Aramean Rebecca’s father, Bethuel, and her brother, Laban, were Arameans. This is mentioned in Chapter 25