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Chayei Sarah

Parsha Chayei Sarah

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Chayei Sarah חַיֵּ֣י שָׂרָ֔ה is translated as “Life of Sarah”. Life can be spelled four different ways — (1) c-h-a-y-e-i,  (2) c-h-a-y-e, (3) h-a-y-y-e or  (4) h-a-y-y-e-i. This is the fifth parsha reading for the yearly cycle.

In parsha Chayei Sarah we have two deaths and two marriages. Sarah dies and Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah from a Hittite named Ephron. After burying Sarah, Abraham charges his servant to locate a wife for Isaac from Abraham’s homeland and not from the Cannanites. Much of this portion is about that task. Rebekah returns with the servant and marries Isaac. Afterward, we discover Abraham marries Keturah and has six sons with her. This portion reveals the twelve chieftain sons of Ishmael and ends with Ishmael dying at the ripe old age of 137 years.

Chayei Sarah חַיֵּ֣י שָׂרָ֔ה is the second and third words and in the Hebrew text (see text below).