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Parsha CHAYEI SARAH
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Nov 10, 2017, 10:53 PM
Listen and Speak Out
“I am angry,” Olympic gold-medalist Aly Raisman expresses as part of this Sunday evening’s 60 Minutes interview. “I just want to create change so never, ever have to go through this.” This morning Time published the news of Aly’s...
Nov 10, 2017, 10:36 PM
Avraham As The First Defeatist Jew??
Or, as the first peacemaking Jew? Last week in Israel was filled with events remembering the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin z"l. (This week, we've forgotten again.) Many commented on how Rabin, who dedicated his life to security and...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Nov 10, 2017, 10:36 PM
Parashat Chayei Sarah: Why did Sarah die?
Why did Sarah die? There is a Midrash that says that she died from shock when the Satan showed her that Isaac had been slaughtered at an altar by Abraham (Genesis 22:16). There is also an opposite Midrash that says...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Nov 10, 2017, 2:37 PM
Sarah’s struggles with infertility
Chayei Sarah, literally the lifetime of Sarah, opens with her death at the age of 127. If we look back at Sarah’s life, her struggle to conceive a child specifically stands out: The first time we are introduced to Sarai (Breisheet...
Charles E. Savenor
Nov 10, 2017, 7:46 AM
Still waiting for the eraser of peace
When this week’s Torah portion Chaye Sarah opens, Abraham mourns the loss of his beloved wife Sarah. After the initial shock, he sets out to purchase a grave for her in Hebron. Out of respect for the well-known Abraham,...
Nov 10, 2017, 6:31 AM
Sarah’s Legacy: Equanimity
We all have good days and bad days; some days we are confident and generous and upbeat and other days we are irritable and insecure and unkind. We are inconsistent; our moods shift with the winds and the situations...
Nov 9, 2017, 3:43 PM
The world's oldest man
How can those who suffered tragedy and trauma die 'in good old age, satisfied'? (Chayei Sarah)
Nov 9, 2017, 12:32 PM
“Layering” Parashat Chaye Sarah 5778
One of my favourite times of the week is Shabbat, just before dinner. At this time it is traditional to individually bless each child with the blessing of the Kohanim : “May Hashem bless you and keep you… May...
Nov 9, 2017, 12:04 PM
Communication, the foundation of a healthy marriage [Parshat Chayei Sarah]
The fascinating marriage of Isaac and Rebecca -- from the circumstances surrounding their arranged nuptials to the devastating family split over their twin sons’ bitter rivalry -- contains vitally important lessons for couples in every generations. On the one...
Nov 9, 2017, 12:04 AM
Cover Up and Connect
“And she lifted her eyes and saw Isaac....she descended from the camel….took the scarf and covered herself.” (Genesis 24:64-65) To understand the Torah’s approach to any given topic, the place to start is by analyzing the first instance that...