• Parashah 6: Chayei-Sarah חיי שרה (Sarah’s life)  :

We start with the death of Sarah, the wife of Avraham.

Genesis 23:1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.

Genesis 23:2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

Sarah is one hundred and twenty-seven years when she dies

Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (aka Hebron) in the land of Canaan

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Avraham goes to mourn for Sarah and weep for her

    • perspective on life:  Life is valued above almost all else. The Talmud notes that all people are descended from a single person, thus taking a single life is like destroying an entire world, and saving a single life is like saving an entire world. Facts Link
    • after being reminded of Yitzchak’s idolatrous ancestry on Mount Moriah, Avraham recognized the great role Sarah played in making Yitzchak who he was.  source
    • As much as one knows one’s wife, Avraham sensed greatness in Sarah while at Mt Moriah that he had never before sensed. If one has a 37-year-old son and tells him “God told me to slaughter you” and the son is prepared to listen and willingly be slaughtered, that speaks volumes about the son, but it also speaks volumes about the mother that raised such a son. source

Sarah Lived:

Strongs #2416: AHLB#: 1171-A (N)

1171)  (חי) ac: Live co: Stomach ab: Life: When the stomach is empty one is famished and week and when it is filled one is revived. This organ is seen as the life as an empty stomach is like death but a revived stomach is life.
Stomach: Literally the organ that holds food (see Job 38:39) but figurative of life. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [freq. 508] |kjv: live, life, beast, alive, creature, running, living thing, raw, springing, appetite, quick| {str: 2416, 2417}

Sarah Died:

Strongs #4191: AHLB#: 1298-J (V)

1298)  (מט MT) ac: Die co: Man ab: Mortality: The pictograph  is a picture of water representing chaos, the  is a picture of two crossed sticks representing a mark or sign. Combined these mean “chaos mark”. The length of time that something exists and ends. (eng: mute; moot – as a dead point; mortal – with an additional r and l; mate – of “check mate” meaning “king is dead”)

Avraham Wept

Strongs #1058: AHLB#: 1034-H (V)

1034)    (בך)   Weep  Tears  The pictograph  is a tent representing what is inside. The  is the palms of the hand. Combined these mean the “inside the palms”. The placing of one eyes in the palms when crying. A weeping from mourning or from the billowing of smoke in the eyes.

Balsam: A tree that weeps sap when cut. [freq. 4] |kjv: mulberry tree| {str: 1057}

Weep: [freq. 114] (vf: Paal, Piel) |kjv: weep, bewail, sore, mourned, wail| {str: 1058}

Entangle  Confusion: To be tangled, confused or lost in a place of uncertainty that can bring one to tears.

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Kiriath-arba is named for Arba – the greatest man from among the Anakims -Joshua 14:15

    • Arba is the father of Anak Joshua 15:13
      • The children of Anak are described as “giants” by the spys sent to spy the land in Numbers 13:33 and as a people “great and tall” in Deuteronomy 9:2

This land of Kiriath-arba is eventually given to Caleb as an inheritance because he “wholly followed  Yahweh Elohim of Israel” Joshua 14:14

    • The hill country and surrounding pasture lands is given to Aaron (Levites) as Yah commanded
    • Caleb possesses the fields and cities and villages – Joshua 21:11-12
Interesting that Isaac is not mentioned.  Some suggested this is because he had stayed at Mt Moriah