Chayei Sarah

60 Second Spark: Blessings in Disguise

                                                                   60 Second Spark

      In his explanation of the heartbreaking loss of Sarah at the beginning of this week’s Parsha, Rashi makes a seemingly outlandish claim that all of her 127 years were “לטובה שוין כלן” (Bereishis 23:1), all equal in goodness! If we merely review a short summary…

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Chesed and the traits of the Avos and Immahos

Parshas Chayei Sarah; Camels of Chesed

In our sedra, Avraham’s servant Eliezer[1] devises a test on his mission to find a wife for Yitzchak; whichever maiden offers to give water to him and his camels is the one. Why did Elizer decide on chesed to be the test for finding…

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Dating Advice From God #1: Love Conquers All

This is it. The classic love story. Avraham sends his right-hand man Eliezer to find a wife for his son, Yitzchak (Isaac), and he goes to the watering hole of the town where Avraham's relatives live, and the first person he meets is Rivka (Rebbeca). The Torah tells us she…

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A lesson of Blessing


וַיֹּאמֶר, בָּרוּךְ ה' אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם
(24:27)
These are the words that Eliezer exclaims after Rivka’s family allow him to take her as a wife for Yitzchak. The Medrash learns from here that any Brocha we make must contain the following components; mentioning the name of Hashem and referral to His Kingship…

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חַיֵּי שָׂרָה

וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה, מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים--שְׁנֵי, חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה, בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן--בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן; וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם, לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה, וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ
(23:1,2)
The Parsha begins with the death of Sarah and Avraham’s subsequent purchase of a burial plot for her, the first acquisition of land in Eretz Yisrael.…

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Ketura and eastern spirituality

Abraham marries Keturah at the end of Chayei Sarah, and Rashi tells us that this is Hagar. When the Torah refers to someone by introducing the figure with "Shmo" or "shma" ("His/her name is") we know that the Torah is describing the person's essence. In this case we know that…

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