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Although this Sidra is entitled “The Life of Sarah,” it really commences with her death and with the sentence, “And the life of Sarah was 100 years and 20 years and 7 years: These were the years of the life of Sarah.” This highly repetitious wording exerc...
The name of this week’s Torah reading is Chayei Sarah, “the life of Sarah.” This raises an obvious question. The Torah reading talks of Sarah’s death and her burial, why should its name be associated with “her life”? With this name, the Torah is teaching ...
In this week’s parshah, Chayei Sarah, we read that Yitzchak Avinu married Rivkah. Sarah Imeinu had passed away, and Yitzchak Avinu was still mourning the death of his great mother. But soon after he married Rivkah, he was comforted, because he saw how spe...
Chayei Sarah; Genesis 23:1-25:18
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. V, p. 338ff; Vol. XV, p. 145ff What Death Cannot Kill The reading Chayei Sarah (“The life of Sarah”) begins by telling of Sarah’s death, which features in much of the subsequent narrative. This evokes an obvious question:...
Genesis 23:1-25:18
"Just as their days are perfect so too their years perfect" Why the Torah chooses to accredit perfection of the righteous to chronological age and an elderly appearance; the necessity of both excelling in personal spiritual growth and positively affecting...
An Essay on Chayei Sarah
Every person’s life consists of two different modes. One mode is characterized by ascents and descents, while the other is characterized by calm and tranquility, without major events or great excitement.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 20, Chayei Sarah
We all pray. At times, we see our prayers answered on this physical plane. However, there is usually an interval between the time we offer our supplications and the manifestation of G‑d’s response.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 15, Chayei Sarah
Every Jewish woman and girl, even a young child at the age of three who kindles the Shabbos lights, possesses a great power that even Avraham and Yitzchak’s Shabbos lights did not have.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 3
The Sages’ describe Sarah as a paradigm of a righteous person who “was perfect and whose years were perfect.” Why was Sarah chosen as the exemplar of one who possessed these two qualities, what is implied by the Sages’ use of the term “perfect,” and why d...
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