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Torah Talk for Parashat Chayei Sarah

October 31, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Sarah dies. Avraham buys the burial plot of M’arat HaMachpelah and buries Sarah. He then sends his servant, Eliezer, to the ancestral home to find a wife for Yitzchak.

The second verse of the parasha tells us of Sarah’s death: “Sarah died in Kiryat Arba which is Hevron in the land of Cana’an, and Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to cry for her.”

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (20th Century United States), known as the Rav, in his book Out of the Whirlwind, picks up on the reversal of the natural order of response when we lose someone close to us. Generally, first we cry, and then we eulogize. Avraham did exactly the opposite. Read more >