Chayei Sarah

“The Life of Sarah”

חיי שרה

Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1-25:18

Summary: This portion covers the death of Sarah and her burial.  Many details are provided which give us insight and understanding of how this is actually a shadow picture of the redemption plan of Yahweh!  Sarah is dies at 127 years old, and is buried in the Cave of Machpelah which is purchased from Ephron the Hittite for 400 shekels.  Directly on the heels of her burial, we find Abraham sending his trusted servant Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac from their homeland.  Eliezer prays that Yahweh will send the right woman and the test will be that she will draw water not only for him but for his camels as well, this request is fulfilled when Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel arrives.  She accepts the marriage request and returns to be wed to Isaac.  The parshah closes out with informing us of the death of Abraham at 175 years old and the death of Ishmael at 137 years old as well we are given a list of Ishmael’s descendants.

Torah Tidbits:

*The place where Sarah is buried – the Cave of Machpelah – is said to be the place where Adam and Eve were buried as well, and later we see not only Sarah and Abraham residing there, but Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah.  This location is later conquered by Caleb and becomes his inheritance.

*Kirjatharba was originally founded by Arba of the Anakim (a giant race/nephillim) – Joshua 14:15

*In Genesis 23:1 the Hebrew term shanah (year, division of time) is used 3x’s and the Rabbi’s teach that it is connected with Daniel 12:7 – “And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.”

*There is  diminished letter Kaf כ in Genesis 23:2 found in the term “velivkotah” – and to weep for her

*The number 127, the years of Sarah’s life, shows up again in Esther 1:1 with King Ahasuerus reigning over 127 provinces.

Meaning in Names:

Machpelah: Double or Portion

Kirjatharba: City of Arba/City of Four

Hebron: Association

Ephron: Fawn-like, from the root meaning dust, powder, ashes

Zohar: Tawny, from the root meaning to dazzle

We hope that this information becomes tools in your hands to help you study to show yourself approved this week!  Stay tuned and join us this Shabbat to hear what we’ve dug out of this portion, shalom aleichem!