Abraham Weighs Silver
 (illustration from the 1728Figures de la Bible)

Eliezer and Rebekah

 (engraving by Gustave Doré from

 the 1865 La Sainte Bible)
Isaac and Rebekah serve as a paradigm for 
Jewish marriage, and yet, their relationship 
is more complex than it may appear. MORE>


Burial of Sarah 

(engraving by Gustave Doré from
 the 1865 La Sainte Bible)

Following the death of Sarah,
 Abraham purchases a burial plot
 and sends his servant to find a
 wife for Isaac.
Sarah dies at 127 years of age in
 Hebron in the land of Canaan
Abraham mourns her, then 
asks property owners there to
 grant him burial space so that 
he may bury his dead out of
 his sight. 
Abraham bought a piece of land with a cave on it.
 (1984 illustration by Jim Padgett, courtesy of 
Sweet Publishing)

Knowing that Abraham is ennobled
 by God, they are willing to give
 Abraham the choicest land, but
 Abraham insists on paying for it.
 Only then does Abraham bury his
 wife in the cave of Machpelah
 in the land of Canaan.

Kings I 1:1-31

Abishag at the bed of David, with 

Bathsheba, Solomon, and Nathan 
(from a Dutch Bible circa 1435)

In David's weakest moment,
 his throne becomes vulnerable.

Abraham's hope for the future was embodied
in his son Isaac, but in this week's parashah,
 Haye Sarah, as the patriarch nears death,
 the prospects for a dynastic family seem dim.
 Isaac and his wife Rebecca have yet to
 even conceive a child.






"I am an immigrant and an inhabitant with you
. Give me burial property with you, so that
 I may bury my dead before me.
 -- Breshis 23:4
Classic Questions
Why did Avraham describe himself 
as an "immigrant and an inhabitant 
with you"? (v. 4)

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