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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.
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.
Topics Include: Abraham's journey as it corresponds to the three levels of the soul, a spiritual explanation of the rivalry between Sarah and Hagar, the difference between the names Avram and Avraham.
At the age of 140 Avraham remarries Hagar and fathers six children. Strangely, the Torah does not indicate that this was miraculous. In answering this question, this talk explores the divergent legacies of Abraham and Sarah and the respective roles of men...
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