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Parshas Chayei Sarah
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November 15, 2014
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grandparents, Ruth & Hans Fisher and Sydney & Shiu-Lam Fung.
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Thursday Morning Class— Rabbi Segal’s Thursday morning class will take place at 11:00 am in the library. The
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By Rabbi Avraham Fischer. A publication of the Orthodox Union in cooperation with the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center
Parshat Haye Sarah
22 Heshvan 5775—November 15, 2014
The Torah pays tribute to our matriarch
Sarah at the end of her life:
And the years of the life of Sarah were
one hundred years and twenty years and
seven years; the years of the life of
Sarah. And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba,
which is Chevron, in the land of Canaan.
And Avraham came to eulogize Sarah
and to cry for her (Bereishit 23:1-2).
Here, Sarah’s name is mentioned specifically four times.
However, as soon as Avraham completes
this stage of his mourning, and begins
negotiations with the Hittite “local council” to purchase the cave of Machpelah
from Efron, Sarah’s name ceases to be
mentioned. Instead, every reference to
her uses the impersonal noun MEIT,
And Avraham arose from before his
dead and he spoke to the children of
Cheit, saying “. . . and let me bury my
dead from before me.”
And the children of Cheit answered Avraham “. . . In the choicest of our graves
bury your dead; not one of us would
withhold his grave from you to bury your
dead. . . .”
And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is
your desire to bury my dead from before me . . .”
And Efron the Hittite answered Avraham
“ . . . bury your dead.” ...
And he spoke to Efron, “ . . . and I will
bury my dead there.” . . .
And Efron answered Avraham, saying to
him, “. . . and your dead, bury” (vs. 315).
In every statement throughout the parley,
reference is made to Avraham’s wife.
Yet, eight times, Sarah is not referred to
as “Sarah,” nor even “wife,” but only
Of course, this highlights the fact that
only the body dies. The soul, Sarah’s true
essence, is eternal. This is implied in Ibn
Ezra’s comment on verse 3:
before his dead: A reference to the
And yet, Avraham realized that Hashem’s
promise did not come easily. Our Sages
(Sanhedrin 111a; Bava Batra 16a) explain that this episode is considered one
of Avraham’s trials, demonstrating his
outstanding steadfastness. Says Hashem:
However, the closing section of this pas- I said to Avraham, “Arise, walk about in
the land, along its length and breadth,
sage — after Avraham weighs out the
four hundred shekels of silver in the pres- for to you will I give it” (Bereishit 13:17).
Nevertheless, when Avraham sought a
ence of all the inhabitants of the city to
place to bury Sarah he did not find one
purchase the cave and the surrounding
until he paid four hundred shekels of silfield — poses a problem:
And afterwards Avraham buried Sarah ver, yet he did not suspect My integrity.
his wife in the cave of the field of Mach- Maharsha explains (on Bava Batra
pelah before Mamre, which is Chevron, in 100a) furthermore, that based on this
same verse, when Avraham traverses the
the land of Canaan. And the field, as
well as the cave in it, became established land he is laying claim to it, thus making
it easier for his descendants to possess it.
for Avraham as a burial plot, from the
They will be inheritors of Avraham, not
children of Cheit (vs.19-20).
If it is only the body that is buried, why is
Sarah mentioned once again by name,
Out of all Hashem’s promises to Avraincluding the rather tender appellation
ham, “Arise, walk about in the land”
“his wife,” at the time of her burial?
posed the greatest challenge: While others might refer to Avraham’s descenA number of commentaries take note of
dants, this verse enables Avraham himself
the fact that verses 19-20 say the cave
to lay claim to the land by walking
and field of Machpelah “became estabthrough it. The challenge to Avraham’s
lished for Avraham as a burial plot” afloyalty, therefore, is that he must pay so
ter having said the same idea in verses
dearly for land that is already his! Or,
17-18. Ramban says the Torah wishes to
rather, it should have been his. However,
emphasize that this became a legitimate
when he pays the price of the cave and
and universally recognized (from the chilfield of Machpelah in the presence of the
dren of Cheit) possession of Avraham
Hittites, the potential of “Arise, walk
and his family. Moreover, it is, without
about in the land” is realized.
question, “in the land of Canaan,” and
not in the land of the Pelishtim, where
Sarah has been Avraham’s lifelong partAvraham lived heretofore (see Bereishit
ner in teaching the world about Hashem:
21:34). Malbim adds that at first Mach“Avraham would convert the men and
pelah became known as the family’s burSarah would convert the As the mother of
ial place, and then “the field” was desigYitzchak, she is Avraham’s partner in benated as burial grounds, not to be used
ginning the creation of the nation of Isfor planting.
rael, thus fulfilling Hashem’s promise
And I will make you into a great nation
As a result of this purchase, Avraham had
an uncontested holding in the land of
(Bereishit 12:2).
Israel, fulfilling Hashem’s many promises
to give him the land.
Now, at the time of the acquisition of the
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cave of Machpelah, Sarah is again Avraham’s partner in realizing another of
Hashem’s promises:
Arise, walk about in the land, along its
length and breadth, for to you will I give it.
This is the meaning of the Midrash
(Tanchuma Chayei Sarah 4) that sees in
Eshet Chayil (Mishlei 31:10-31) a précis of
Sarah’s life. On the verse (16):
She plans a field and acquires it the
Midrash says:
She planned and acquired the field of
Machpelah and she was buried there, as it
says, “And afterwards Avraham buried
In fulfilling Hashem’s promise, Sarah can be
called — even after death — by name, as
well as Avraham’s wife. Her soul, her values, live on. It is through the union of Avraham and Sarah that the land of Israel becomes the rightful possession of the people
of Israel.