Chayei Sarah: Completion Not Perfection
Our Avos and Imahos led exemplary lives. The Torah tells us that Avraham and Sarah "came with their days." The Zohar explains that this means that every day of their loves was accounted for. They didn't waste a moment! The problem is that we know Avraham grew up in an idolatrous environment. Until the age of 40 Avraham Avinu was wrestling to find the truth. The same is true of Sarah Imeinu. She began her life as an idolater and only later in life did she discover the truth. How then we can we say that every moment of their lives was accounted for?
In this shiur Rav Burg explores a fundamental idea in chinuch. Based on a sicha from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rav Burg challenges us to consider are we pursuing perfection or completion. Can we recognize that mistakes are part of the process or do we demand of ourselves unreasonable expectations?