Kenneth Cohen

A Very Content Mother Sara

The death of our Mother Sara, is generally explained that her soul left her when she heard about the Binding of Isaac. This is generally scene as a very sad tragedy, but there could be another way of looking at what transpired.

As parents and grandparents, we view our task as being teachers and role models, to our children and grandchildren. It is our desire that they learn values and become good, G-d fearing Jews. We continue to give them guidance, to set them on the right path.

Sara understood that this task was placed on her as well. She was to educate her beloved son, Yitzchak, to become a leader in Israel, with unshakable faith in Hashem.

When she heard how Yitzchak conducted himself at the Akeida, and he showed he was willing to give his life, to follow the Divine will, she was satisfied. All of her efforts to instill all that was good in her son, had proven successful.

She had fulfilled her role as mother, and there was nothing left to teach. Yitzchak had mastered everything he learned in his home. Sara was able to leave the world, with great contentment. Her task was over, and she succeeded.

Perhaps it is not realistic that our offspring turn out like Yitzchak. But we must never shirk the responsibility we have to do everything in our power, to instill real Jewish values in our children and grandchildren. They need us, as there are so many enticements in today’s world that could lead them astray. As there is still breath within us, we must not falter in this huge challenge placed upon us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to one day leave this world and see beautiful fruits of our labor!

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at
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