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Chayei Sarah in a Nutshell

Chayei Sarah in a Nutshell

Genesis 23:1–25:18


Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G‑d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

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November 11, 2015
Please clarify. Im really need closure to this subject matter.
Okay if Keturah is Hagar, where was Ishmael in all this? Please don't tell me that there is a high possibility that Abraham could had built the Qaaba with Ishmael. I'm not a scholar on Torah but to me it seems like Abraham had enough time to built the Qaaba. Please prove me wrong and explain it to me. I need closure with this.
jason wyck
November 14, 2014
Keturah/ Hagar
Avraham remarried Keturah who is Hagar. Hagar is referred to as Ketura since she has done repentance (Teshuva) and started a new life as a good person.
October 20, 2013
This portion teaches about our souls being formed as having an ability of conscience to mend and to allow healing so that we may be strong to fulfill G-d's over all plan.
As Jews today we must have the strength and ability to withstand any obstacle of life and death so that we may serve G-d with strength and might.
November 9, 2012
I have a difficult time with Hagar marrying Abraham.If so, why is this not told to the arabs.?
Betie Newton
November 8, 2012
Perhaps because after Hashem sent Hagar back to be obediant to Sarah, Hagar became a nice person...After all was she not promised a good future and Sarah being the strong kind faithful woman that she was may have helped Hagar to become a better wife, A wife Abraham would need after her passing.
November 20, 2011
Rivkah, I think of the span of time lived by the patriarchs as the rise of an era marked by a certain novel event, like a cultural development that takes hold and never lets go, but supports and gives way to the next cultural development represent by the next patriarch, and so on.

Keturah: I wonder what it says in Hebrew??? When I read the King James bible, or any English translation, I wonder how much it veers from what is meant in Hebrew or Greek. Sometimes the entire message is completely transformed by the misapplication of one word. Not being able to read Hebrew and Greek will forever hold me back in my quest to plumb history through mythology.
ottawa, canada
November 19, 2011
From a comment in the Geneva Bible of 1560 I have learned that Abraham was married to Ketura while Sarah was alive. Genesis 25 vs 1.
Jay Tompkins
November 19, 2011
Sarah and Abraham's ages at death
It is hard to believe Sarah and Abraham lived such long lives, but I guess Torah scholars accept it as fact.
williamsport, pa
November 18, 2011
I too would like to know why Abraham remarried Keturah after Sarah's death, if indeed she WAS Hagar.There seems to be some question as to whether Keturah was indeed Hagar. Google Keturah and look at the WIkipedia article for further reference.
Rochie in Austin
Austin, Tx
November 16, 2011
Chayei Sarah
The last sentence makes sense to me. For Abraham Avinu was such special righteous man. I understand why a woman would not marry anyother man again after having such a wonderful husband.
Although, like me, I never married again because of the bad experience I had. Two opposite. Living for Hashem, Blessed be His Name, is the most rewarding life.
Mesa, Arizona, USA