Chayei Sarah

חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
The Life of Sarah

When Is Chayei Sarah Read?

/ 27 Heshvan 5781
/ 24 Heshvan 5782
/ 25 Heshvan 5783


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Chayei Sarah Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

"Resident Foreigners" and the Wisdom of the Oxymoron

By: Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

I am an American citizen living in Vancouver, British Columbia, and serving a Canadian Reform congregation for the past six years. This juxtaposition of two increasingly disparate identities has given me a unique perspective on this week’s parashah, Chayei Sarah, and its introduction of the term...

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