CHAYEI SARAH (life of Sarah)

Rebekah and Eliezer

Genesis 23:1 And Sarah was 127 years old: these are the years of the life of Sarah. 2 Sarah died in Kirjath-arba (city of four giants); also known asHebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. C-MATS

Question: Why do the scriptures concerning the sacrifice of Isaac and the death of Sarah follow one another? The narratives of Sarah’s death and the sacrifice of Isaac follow one another to indicate that she died as a result of that event. Chumash

Question: Abraham came to mourn for Sarah. Where did Abraham come from? He came from Mount Moriah with Isaac.  This explains why Abraham and Isaac were not there at Sarah’s death. Chumash

Question: What does Kiriath-arba mean?  The city was so named because four giants lived there (Numbers 13:22 And they went up into the south and came to Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the children of Anak, were.); or the name was given prophetically because four well-known couples would be buried there: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah (Rashi). Chumash

Question: Why does the Torah record the birth of Rebekah before the death of Sarah?  The Torah records the birth of Rebekah (Genesis 22:23 And Bethuel became the father of את־ Rebekah.) before the death of Sarah in line with the tradition that a righteous person is not taken from the world until his or her successor has been born, as implied by the verse The sun rises and the sun sets. Ecclesiastes 1:5 (Sforno, Baal HaTurim) Chumash

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: What was the purpose of Abraham? His intense desire was to give Sarah a proper burial in a place worthy of her greatness-in the Promised Land. Chumash

Question: What are essential concepts concerning death? We should have respect for the dead and concern for the future. We neither reject what has gone before nor neglect what lies ahead. To acquire the fitting burial plot, Abraham was forced to negotiate with the transparently greedy Ephron and gladly paid an exorbitant price. That accomplished, Abraham looked ahead and turned to the responsibility of finding the proper wife for Isaac. Chumash