Chayei Sarah (The life of Sarah)- Gen. 23:1-25:28,

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Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah) – Gen. 23:1-25:28 (Nov. 22/23)

Our Torah portion this week is Chayei Sarah (The life of Sarah)- Gen. 23:1-25:28, and opens not telling about the life of Sarah, but about her death, and then describes Abraham’s purchase of a burial place for her.  After purchasing the plot and mourning his wife, Abraham then turns to finding a wife for his son, Isaac.  Abraham’s servant is sent off to the land of Abraham’s birth, to his people, and there the servant finds Rebecca and she agrees to go back with him to Canaan to marry Isaac.   We read: “And Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother, Sarah; he took Rebecca and she became his wife and he loved her. Thus did Isaac find comfort after [the death of] his mother.” (Gen. 26:67) Rabbi Chaim Stern writes: There is a time to mourn, and a time to accept; a time to rage against the fading of the light, and a time to kindle another light.” After sorrow, may we rise up to find comfort in new lights that are kindled.