Learn from Rabbi Isaac about Abraham’s negotiations to purchase the best burial place for his wife Sarah in the cave of Machpelah because of her Greatness and righteous noble traits and how we learn more about the life of Sarah and who she was from the her death of Sarah then any time earlier! See amazing parallels in Abraham’s servant’s mission as the first matchmaker to find and prepare a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac, which takes us on a quest to answer the question, Who is the Bride of Messiah and what are her qualities! Learn deeper symbolism of Sarah as past Israel and Rivkah as present Israel and so much more!
Teaching For Shabbat of November 14, 2020
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Chayei Sarah, (חַיֵּי שָׂרָה) — Hebrew for “life of Sarah,” the first words in the parashah and is the fifth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading. It convers Genesis 23:1–25:18.
Torah Parashah Chayei Sarah Summary
Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.
Abraham’s servant Eliezer is sent as the first matchmaker, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks God for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well shall be the one destined for his master’s son.
Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.
Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar), and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.
Haftarah (Prophets) Summary
This week’s haftorah describes an aging King David, echoing this week’s Torah reading, which mentions that
“Abraham was was old, advanced in days.”
King David was aging, and he was perpetually cold. A young maiden, Abishag of Shunam, was recruited to serve and provide warmth for the elderly monarch.
Seeing his father advancing in age, Adoniahu, one of King David’s sons, seized the opportunity to prepare the ground for his ascension to his father’s throne upon the latter’s passing — despite King David’s express wishes that his son Solomon succeed him. Adoniahu recruited two influential individuals — the High Priest and the commander of David’s armies — both of whom had fallen out of David’s good graces, to champion his cause. He arranged to be transported in a chariot with fifty people running before him, and invited a number of his sympathizers to a festive party where he publicizing his royal ambitions.
The prophet Nathan encouraged Bat Sheva, mother of Solomon, to approach King David and plead with him to reaffirm his choice of Solomon as his successor. This she did, mentioning Adoniahu’s recent actions of which the king had been unaware. Nathan later joined the Bat Sheva and the king to express support for Bat Sheva’s request. King David acceded to their request: “Indeed,” he told Bat Sheva, “as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel saying,
‘Surely Solomon, your son, shall reign after me and he shall sit on my throne in my stead,’ surely, so will I swear this day.”
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