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Genesis Chayey Sarah
Genesis
  Bereshit
  Noach
  Lech Lecha
  VaYera
  Chayey Sarah
  Toledot
  VaYetse
  VaYishlach
  VaYeshev
  MiKets
  VaYigash
  VaYechi
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
The life of Sarah, mother of the Jewish People, comes to a close at the age of one hundred and twenty seven. After mourning and eulogizing her, Avraham buries her in the Cave of Machpelah. As this is the burial place of Adam and Chavah, Avraham is prepared to pay its owner Efron the Hittite the exorbitant sum which he demands for the cave.

Avraham places the responsibility for finding a suitable wife for his son Yitschak on his faithful servant Eliezer, who takes an oath to chose a wife from amongst Avraham's family and not from the Canaanites. Eliezer travels to Aram Nacharayim, to the city of Nachor, and prays to HaShem to show him a sign so he will know whom to choose. At evening time, as he is about to water his camels, Rivkah providentially appears and Eliezer asks her for a drink of water. Not only does she give him to drink, but she draws water for all ten of his thirsty camels. (Some 140 gallons!)

This extreme thoughtfulness and kindness is the sign that she is the right wife for Yitschak, and a suitable mother of the Jewish People. Negotiations with Rivkah's father and her brother Lavan finally result in her leaving with Eliezer. Yitschak brings Rivkah into the tent of his mother Sarah, marries and loves her. He is then consoled for the loss of his mother. Avraham remarries Hagar who is renamed Keturah to indicate her improved ways. Six children are born to them. After giving them gifts, Avraham sends them to the East. Avraham passes away at the age of one hundred and seventy-five and is buried next to Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah.




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