The Passing Away of Sarah: Death and the Resurrection
Why Abraham did not mourn greatly
the passing away of Sarah.
From the phrase in Psalms 115:17 –
“The dead can not praise You
nor can those who descend into Duma
(the Silence of the Grave)”.
The Grave הקבר is likened in Talmud
to the uterus of the woman.
In the process of procreation
the man “dies”
but his seed after nine months
with the birth of a child
and a new generation.
Making Your Wife Happy
וְהִנֵּה יִצְחָק מְצַחֵק אֵת רִבְקָה אִשְׁתּוֹ
And behold! Yitchak (Issac) is “jesting”
with Rifka (Rebecca), his wife
(Genesis 26: 18)
Yitchak and Rifka are the first officially married couple
in the Torah and the above phrase is an important teaching
about the duty of a man to his wife:
namely to make her happy by all means possible.
including jest and play.
That the word “Rifka” precedes “his wife”
indicates a necessary sensitivity to the
needs and personality of the woman
beyond her being a sexual object.
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