This week in Hayeyi Sarah, the portion that is named “Sarah’s life”, we actually learn about her death. This is the first time in any Jewish source that we see a burial occur, and Abraham does so with dignity, buying her grave in Hebron from the Hittites. This week teaches us that the Jewish people see death as a part of life and honor the life Sarah had through the way that her husband buries her as well as the name of the portion. It is our first lesson on “kavod hamet”, or respect for the dead. We have much to learn through the traditions of our people and we are honored the keep that tradition alive.
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