Tag Archives: Cave of Machpelah

Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

Chayei Sarah (חַיֵּי שָׂרָה) means “life of Sarah.”  The Torah portion actually begins with Sarah’s death at the age of 127.  (Tradition has it that she died of shock, from either horror at the thought that Abraham would sacrifice their … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Is Joseph in ancient Egypt like a Jew in 21st century America?  He is successful, respected, even publicly honored, and moves freely in Pharaoh’s inner circle.  Yet he is still a Hebrew, and thus “outside”.  His brothers are kept geographically … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

  Comments are from 2010, except for an updated link.  Jokes are newly dug up. “After last week’s stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, incest, banishment and near death in the desert, and near (very, very near) human sacrifice, this week’s … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

My mother would have turned 101 tomorrow.  It also struck me yesterday that today is the 50th anniversary of my Bat Mitzvah.  (Actually, we were still pronouncing it “Bas Mitzvah”).  Friday night, November 25, 1966, at Congregation Beth El in … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

Finally, a Torah portion without duplicity, pimping, seduction, incest, attempted second degree murder, banishment into the wilderness, family strife, or divine destruction via hellfire and brimstone, the expulsion of a woman and her son into the wilderness with little enough … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Earlier this week, I saw the movie version Stephen Sondheim’s musical collection of fractured fairy tales, “Into the Woods.”  I hadn’t seen the stage version, but I’d read enough about it to know that, once everything seems as if we’re … Continue reading

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Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23.1-25.18)

It’s a relief to read this portion.  No threat of human sacrifice, no sister-wife lies, no banishment into the wilderness, no Sodom and Gomorrah, no incest.  Yes, Sarah dies, but she’s 127, and the portion is called “Hayyei Sarah,” the … Continue reading

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