Parshat Chayei Sarah – חיי שרה

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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
is resurrected
with the birth of a child
and a new generation.

Making Your Wife Happy

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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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About the Author
Dov Lederberg is engaged in the converging vectors of art and science, but receives added inspiration from Kabbalah teachings & meditation and tries to create visual forms (in paintings on canvas but also video art) conducive to mystical experience and self-transformation. 
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