Chayei Sarah


“She went down to the spring and it rose and she filled her pitcher. And the servant ran to her, and said: ‘Please give me a little water to drink…”
~ Genesis 24:16-17

When Abraham’s servant Eliezer went to find a wife for Isaac, he prayed for the ability to recognise her true character.

Why did he run to the first woman he saw?

Because he witnessed a miracle: Rebecca didn’t lower her jug into the water, it rose up to her.

But if Eliezer saw a miracle, why did he still need to test Rebecca’s character by asking to drink?

Because great marriages are built on great character, not miracles or signs.