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Chayei Sarah

Chayei Sarah

The Life of Sarah

Sarah lived to be 127 years old--such was the span of Sarah's life. - Genesis 23:1

  • Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah in order to bury his wife Sarah. (23:1-20)
  • Abraham sends his servant to find a bride for Isaac. (24:1-9)
  • Rebekah shows her kindness by offering to draw water for the servant's camels at the well. (24:15-20)
  • The servant meets Rebekah's family and then takes Rebekah to Isaac, who marries her. (24:23-67)
  • Abraham takes another wife, named Keturah. At the age of one hundred and seventy-five years, Abraham dies, and Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave of Machpelah. (25:1-11)

When do we read Chayei Sarah?

2016 Nov 26 /25 Heshvan, 5777
2017 Nov 11 /22 Heshvan, 5778
2018 Nov 3 /25 Heshvan, 5779


  • By Edwin C. Goldberg

    With so many matchmaking and online dating services, it's no surprise that people are looking for love, but as a recent Pew study1 shows, their search results in marriage less and less often. That's because relationships of any kind are seldom easy. As a professor of mine said, "the thing about relationships is, you have to do them with someone else." Marriages take a lot of work, and that's only after finding a person that is appropriate for you. In the Western world, we are long past an era of arranged marriages, but we can still learn something from the Bible's account of one such match that was successful.

  • Torah for Tots

    Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1–25:18

  • Torah for Tweens

    The first words of this parashah translate as "the life of Sarah," but it begins with her death. Abraham buys land in which to bury her and then sends his servant to the village of his brother to acquire

  • Torah for Teens

    This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, is a portion I just can’t seem to get away from. As I mentioned earlier, this was my bar mitzvah portion.

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