"Sarah died in Kiryat Arba... Abraham came to bewail Sarah, and to weep for her" (Genesis 23:2).
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:
How does this Rashi (which comes from midrash) affect the interpretation of the binding of Isaac story?
What is your understanding of the meaning of the binding story?
- How does this midrash fit in (or not fit in) with your understanding of the meaning of the binding story?
Type: Text Study