Sarah was the first of the four matriarchs (mothers) of the Jewish nation. Together with her husband, Abraham, she was instrumental in teaching thousands of people about monotheism—the belief in one G‑d. She gave birth to Isaac at the age of ninety.

Sarah was known for her modesty and for her unbounded hospitality. In the tent that they had pitched in the middle of the desert, Abraham and Sarah provided food and shelter for all passersby. While their guests rested and ate, they used the opportunity to tell them that there is only one G‑d, a truly revolutionary concept in an age of idol-worship.

From Sarah, Jewish women have inherited the ability to believe and to instill faith in G‑d in those around us. By following in Sarah’s footsteps, we are empowered to accomplish great things for ourselves, our families, and the world.

Sarah passed away at the age of 127, and was buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron.


Resources

Read a complete biography of Sarah

Explore the Cave of Machpelah


In-Depth Study

The Three Faces of Sarah
She is known as someone to emulate, someone to look up to, someone to respect and honor. But who was this woman, really? What made Sarah tick? Read


The Life of Sarah
As a young woman, Sarah discovered that she could not bear children. Yet she managed to have thousands of “spiritual children.” What Sarah has to teach us about being a mother. Read


Video Series: Women of the Bible—three paradigms of Jewish femininity
What lessons for our own lives can we learn from studying the lives of biblical women? Learn about three great women from our past: Sarah, Rebecca and Nitzevet. Watch