Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chaye Sarah Summary

Sarah dies in Kiryat Arba at the age of one hundred and twenty seven. After Avraham finishes mourning for her, he buys the cave of Machpela from Efron the Hittite, and buries her there.
Avraham sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Yitzhak (Isaac) in Haran. Eliezer prays to G-d for guidance and Rivka (Rebecca) arrives, showing through her actions that she is the woman he is seeking. After giving Eliezer and his camels water, she invites them back to her father’s house. Eliezer bargains with her family to be able to take her back to Yitzhak as a wife and Rivka agrees to go with him. Rivka meets Yitzhak and he brings her into his mother’s tent and takes her as his wife.
Avraham remarries and has six more sons, but gives everything to Yitzhak, while sending away his other sons with gifts. Avraham dies at the age of one hundred and seventy five and Yitzhak and Yishmael bury him in the cave of Machpela. The Parsha ends by detailing the generations of Yishmael.

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