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Chayai Sarah — Genesis 23:1 – 25:18

Sometimes life demands a certain clinical decisiveness. In last week’s reading, this need for decisiveness was exacerbated by the heightened tensions that came to the fore in both sibling and marital rivalries. Sarah saw conflict on the horizon with her handmaiden, Hagar (aka, Keturah), vying for power in the family lineage through her son, Ishmael, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chayai-sarah-genesis-231-2518-3/ Continue Reading...

Chayai Sarah — Genesis 23:1–25:18

Are there consequences to our actions? Do our relationships reflect the consequences of our choices? The choice made last week by Abraham to nearly sacrifice Isaac has profound consequences upon the matriarch, Sarah. The rabbinic exegesis (Pirkai d’Rabbi Eliezer 32) captures this trauma well: “When Abraham came from Mount Moriah, Samael [Satan] was furious that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chayai-sarah-genesis-231-2518-2/ Continue Reading...

Chayai Sarah — Genesis 23:1-25:18

What is the mark of a life well lived? Epicurus (341 – 270 BCE), founder of the Epicurean school of thought, defined a well-lived life as follows: “It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chayai-sarah-genesis-231-2518/ Continue Reading...