Parashat Chaye Sarah: Genesis 23:1 to 25:18

Week of 11/10/23. Although this sedrah is called the “life of Sarah,” it really begins by explaining her death, and Abraham’s quest to find a suitable burial place for her. The Torah, through the lens of the midrash, teaches us that Sarah was still vital, and beautiful, and morally upright, even at the end of her long life. Abraham makes provisions to purchase the cave of Machpelah, in Hebron, for her final resting place. Ephron, the son of Zohar, owns the land, and Abraham bargains with him for the purchase price. After the burial, Abraham sends his trusted servant Eliezer back to his native land to find a proper wife for his son Isaac. The servant finds Rebekah, who is kind and caring to the servant’s retinue and animals. When Isaac meets her, he falls immediately in love with Rebekah, and they become married.

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