I purpose a different understanding of the title or the parshah. It is commanded that we should do honor to our parents and is not Hashem considered our parent? Indeed he is our parent most wise and righteous. So, the point of entitling this parsha Chayei Sarah translated as the life of Sarah actually refers to her life as honoring her beloved parent Hashem. All of what transpired prior to Sarahs' death beginning with the first words of Genesis were embodied life learned lessons for Sarah and in doing so she did honorably before Hashem and Abraham her husband. So, this is a constant in Jewish teaching that the end of life really defers us back to the beginngs of life prompting us to ask, "did we do honor to that which preceeded us but yet was part of our life? Did we do honor to those names that preceed us by endearing and understanding their lessons in life? And, finally did we do so to give honor to Hashem?
Russell kaleolani Shenn Norcross, GA
November 5, 2010
All the knowledge you share is greatly appreciated and a blessing. G-d bless you.
Leo Kingston Springs, Tennessee
November 2, 2010
burying the dead
I thank you for this teaching. You have answered all my questions in the past regarding this topic. Thank you. Practical and true fo me.
mary ann Fremont, U.S.A
October 27, 2010
Buring the dead
Thank you for all the time and effort you spend on your lectures it is a privilege and a mitzvah for us. It is a blessing to learn from you. I am no where near your level of learning however in a beginning Talmud class we learned that if more people want to come to the burial the burial can be held for a day or two in order to give more honor to the the deceased. In your lecture you opposed this. Would you comment on this ? Thank you. Shalom.
Each week, Rabbi Mendel Kaplan will delve into that week's Torah reading to bring out a practical lesson for life and explain the Biblical sources for the customs, laws, practices and ethics of our people.