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Khayyei Sarah

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Khayyei Sarah 2016

Khayyei Sarah: Love and Comfort

This week’s Torah reading (Khayyei Sarah) describes, among many other events, Abraham’s efforts to find a wife for his son, Isaac. As you may recall, Isaac was the longed-for and much-loved son of Abraham and Sarah. He was born late in their lives, long after they had given up hope of conceiving. He is the child […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Khayyei Sarah

Khayyei Sarah: Turning Toward Grief

This week’s Torah portion, Khayyei Sarah/Sarah’s life, includes the deaths of Sarah and Abraham, and marks the end of the saga of the first generation of the people who will eventually become the Children of Israel. Yet these deaths are also profoundly personal, and the mourners’ grief is not hidden. Abraham is bereft; Isaac and Ishmael set […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Sun and Clouds

Khayyei Sarah: Compassion

A young woman draws water from a well, filling the heavy vessel she has carried from home. She looks up, sees a stranger leading a small caravan of camels. She waits. The stranger, drawn and dusty from his journey, asks the young woman–not much more than a girl, really–for water. She lowers the jug on her […]

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