This week in our parasha, we continue the story of Isaac. Isaac is a figurein the Torah about whom we know little and when we hear about him oftenit is in quite derogatory terms. He is seen as weak, traumatised by theevents of a few weeks ago when he was taken to a mountain to besacrificed by his father. But I think Isaac was perhaps the strongest andmost wise of all the patriarchs, he recognised what was truly important andhe lived his life by those values. Unlike his father he was not a visionary, hedid not build a nation, forge a new destiny. Instead he remained in one areaof land and whenever he was confronted or placed in a position of conflict,he did not fight, instead he walked away. He knew that he could find whathe was looking for elsewhere and that it was not worth the battle and lossesthat would ensue. Isaac was able to be grateful for what he had, content tolive his life surrounded by his wife and sons. We read about Isaac andRebecca that they loved one another. They spent time together, forgingtheir relationship, strengthening what they had. They nurtured their sons,enjoyed the blessings that they brought to their lives. Isaac knew thatmaterial possessions and wealth were not what would bring him happiness,rather it was the people around him and appreciating the good in his lifethat brought him joy and contentment. When Isaac went to re-dig hisfather’s wells and was confronted with adversaries, threatening him, he didnot stand and fight, instead he walked away, cognizant of the fact that hecould find what he was looking for elsewhere, there would be other wells,the material was not what was important.
This Shabbat I encourage us all to honour Isaac and Rebecca by trying to live as they did; seeing the beauty in the everyday, living each moment tothe fullest and being content with what we have.