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Rashi On Sarah's Death (Parashat Hayei Sara)

Torah:

"Sarah died in Kiryat Arba... Abraham came to bewail Sarah, and to weep for her" (Genesis 23:2).

Rashi's Commentary:

The narrative of the death of Sarah follows immediately on that of the binding of Isaac, because through the announcement of the binding -- that her son had been made ready for sacrifice and had almost been sacrificed -- her soul flew from her and she died (Pirkei D'Rebbe Eliezer 32).

Questions for discussion:

  1. How does this Rashi (which comes from midrash) affect the interpretation of the binding of Isaac story?
     
  2. What is your understanding of the meaning of the binding story?
     
  3. How does this midrash fit in (or not fit in) with your understanding of the meaning of the binding story?
Type: Text Study

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