Chayei Sarah

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Elevating the Land of Israel and the Entire World

The Torah concludes the story of Abraham’s purchase of Sarah’s burial plot by stating that the field with its cave “rose up … unto Abraham for a purchase” (Genesis 23:17-18; 23:20). Rashi explains that the phrase “rose up” literally means “entered the possession of.” However, he also explains the phrase metaphorically, citing the Midrash from […]

Coming into Days

Immediately following the section recounting Sarah’s death and burial the Torah states: “And Abraham grew old, coming into days, and God blessed Abraham with everything” (Genesis 24:1). The Sages teach that the Hebrew word for “old” (zaken) means not only aged but also wise. The mystically inclined understand the enigmatic phrase, “coming into days,” as […]