CHAYEI SARAH (life of Sarah)

Genesis 23:3 Abraham got up from his dead wife and spoke to the sons of Heth saying, 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner (stranger) with you: give me a אחֻזַּת holding of as a burying place, that I may bury my dead wife. C-MATS

Question: How was Abraham expressing the dual role that every believer must play? On the one hand, he is a resident of his country, and as such he must work and pray for its welfare, as Jeremiah urged his people on the threshold of exile (Jeremiah 29:7). But on the other hand, he in this world is always an alien, for his allegiance is to יהוה and his goals are set forth by the Torah. A believer must always be ready to be a lonely alien, resisting the culture that surrounds him and maintaining his unique responsibility (R’ Yosef Dov Soloveitchik).

5 And answered the children of Heth את־ Abraham saying to him, 6 Hear us, my master: אתה you are a mighty prince among us: choose any of our tombs to bury את־ your dead; none of us will withhold from you את־ his tomb, but that you may bury your dead. C-MATS

Question: What is the difference between how Abraham described himself and how the Hittites described him? Abraham said that he was an alien and resident and they addressed him as a mighty prince. Abraham was modest and humble with all men.

Genesis 24:1 And Abraham was old and advanced in age: and יהוה had blessed את־ Abraham in all things. C-MATS

Question: What does the verse mean, “Abraham was old and advanced in age”? When Abraham aged, he did not merely pass through the days of his life: he accumulated them. Each day was fully utilized, so that they were fully possessed by him.

Spiritual Exercise: Do you fully use your days or do you waste your time and not fulfill your purpose everyday? Think of a way you can not waste your time and do it this week.

18 And she said, Drink, my master and she hurried and lowered her pitcher and gave him drink. C-MATS

Question: Giving to others is one of the strongest ways to become close to יהוה. Why do you think that’s so? Coming close to יהוה doesn’t mean being closer physically. After all, יהוה is everywhere. It means bonding to Him by acting more and more as He does. Since יהוה is always giving and helping His creations (including us), when we help others we act as He does and thus bring ourselves closer to Him.

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