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Parshat Chayei Sarah

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Readings for Chayei Sarah
Cheshvan 25, 5779
November 3, 2018

Kings I 1:1-31
Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah
From our Sages on the Parshah
And the life of Sarah was one hundred years, twenty years and seven years (Genesis 23:1)

At the age of 20 she was like age seven in beauty, and at the age of 100 she was like age 20 in piety.

(Rashi; Midrash Rabbah)

I am a stranger and a resident amongst you (23:4)

The Jew is a "resident" in the world, for the Torah instructs us not escape the physical reality but to inhabit it and elevate it. At the same time, the Jew feels himself a "stranger" in the material world -- his true home is the world of spirituality, holiness and G-dliness from which his soul has been exiled and to which it yearns to return.

Indeed, it is only because he remains a "stranger" that he can maintain the spiritual vision and integrity required to reside in the world and sanctify it as a "dwelling for G-d."

(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)