Tag Archives: Keturah

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hayyei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)

I don’t know about you, but I find this week’s portion a relief after all the sturm und drang of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his daughters, the banishment of Hagar and Ishmael, and the binding of Isaac.  What we … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment