Chayei Sarah

חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
The Life of Sarah

Genesis 23:1−25:18

When Is Chayei Sarah Read?

/ 27 Heshvan 5784
/ 22 Heshvan 5785
/ 24 Heshvan 5786


  • 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

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Showing Kindness

By: Rabbi Stacy Rigler

This week's Torah portion presents us with the matriarch of kindness, Rebecca. It is timely, as we celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13.

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