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Hagar: Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant. She became Abraham’s concubine due to Sarah’s childlessness at that point in time. Mother of Abraham’s eldest son, Ishmael. She and Ishmael were banished from Abraham’s household because of Ishmael’s potentially negative influence on Isaac. The midrash also identifies her as Keturah, the wife Abraham took after Sarah’s passing.
Count the Stars, Takes Hagar as Wife, The Covenant, Abraham’s Guests
Question: The average person, like myself, has been taught that Abraham had two sons: Isaac and Ishmael. The book of Genesis, however, mentions that Abraham had many sons. Do we know who these individuals are today? Did they carry on the Jewish traditions...
No, Sarah was not wrong to give Hagar to Abraham. She did this because she was already very aged and naturally there was no way that she could have any children. The biblical commentators laud Sarah's decision and see her act as a very selfless one. She w...
Abraham in Gerar, Isaac’s Birth, Ishmael, The Miraculous Well
One of the most interesting women in the Bible is Hagar, Abraham's second wife, and the mother of Ishmael. The Arab and Bedouin tribes claim to be descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham and Hagar. According to the Midrash, Hagar was the daughter of Ki...
Ishmael was a wild man; banished from Abraham's home together with his mother Hagar. Years later, we find Ishmael accompanying Abraham to the Akeidah. After Sarah’s death, Abraham remarries Hagar. What's going on?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Avraham marrying Keturah
In an unexpected twist, Avraham takes Hagar back after Sarah passes away. Rashi exposes the controversy around that move, and how it is resolved.
Rashi tells us that Keturah was one and the same as Hagar, whom Abraham had married more than 50 years prior.
The Inside Story
A deeper look at the conflict between Sarah and Hagar, and between Yitzchok and Yishmael. This Rosh Hashanah Torah reading demonstrates the triumph of possibility over probability…
As recorded in the Bible, Abraham the Hebrew was guided by G‑d to the Holy Land, where he was chosen to be the progenitor of the Jewish nation. Together with his wife, Sarah, he taught people about the existence of a G‑d who is one and cannot be seen. His...
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