December 8, 2023 |

Chayei Sarah

To Build a Jewish Home

One way of looking at this week's Torah portion is that it is all about women. The very first words - "and the days of the life of Sara were 100 years, 20 years and 7 years" - tip us off to this point (Genesis 23:1). Similarly, a more zoomed-out perspective reveals three major episodes in our sidra,...

Parshat Chayei Sarah: Walkthrough

As we lay the groundwork for Isaac’s future wife at the end of last week’s parsha, we being this week with the death of his mother, Sarah, at 127 years old. She died in Hebron, and we are told that Avraham “arrived” to mourn her (making us wonder where he had been, and what might have transpired...

What To Look For In A Spouse

The dating scene in ancient Canaan was pretty brutal. There weren't a lot of Jewish girls to go around - even for an eligible bachelor like Yitzchak - and the Canaanite girls, though plentiful, were of loose morals and even looser theology. It is no wonder that the final challenge of our forefather...

My video divrei Torah on this parasha from youtube

Tower of Babel vs Abraham's Call Lech lecha jewu 440 How do non-Jews achieve salvation? Noahide laws JewU 155 Torah portion Noah and the flood JewU 60Sputnik, Bears half-time speech and rainbows JewU 245 Noah, water-too much and too little JewU 247

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Chaye Sarah

Hospitality to strangers is a great mitzvah in the Torah. We recently read of Abraham abruptly cutting off a conversation with no less than God because three messengers appeared, and he hastened to offer them food and shelter. In Parshah Chaye Sarah we get another example. Abraham's servant has...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) -- Chayei Sarah

In Chayyei Sarah we get something that seems like a merely descriptive sentence setting the scene: “And Isaac went out walking in the field toward evening…” (Gen. 24:63). The rabbis felt otherwise. They noted the similarity between the Hebrew words “suach” (to walk) and “siach” (to talk, to pray),...

Isaac remembers his father Abraham

Parashat Vayera 5756 (11/11/95) In memory of PM Yitzchak Rabin and Benjamin Welber. Abraham, my father! Isaac, your son, your only one whom you loved stands before you today, crying and confused. You, who were everything in my life, lie before me now, lifeless and cold. All...


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