Saturday 23rd November 2019 25th Cheshvan 5780
PARASHAT CHAYEI SARAH Herschel
GEN 23:1 – 25:18; 1 Kings 1:1 – 31; John 4:3 - 14
Don’t you think that it is somewhat odd that our parasha is called ‘the life of Sarah’ and then, we are immediately informed of her death. As usual, the chazal (Sages) offer some insight.
There is an old Hebrew saying that says, "The righteous in death are considered alive." The roll call of the faithful and righteous ones found in Hebrews 11 is referred to as an “invisible cloud of witnesses” whose testimony is as valid today as it was during their lifetime. Their legacy lives on forever to inspire and provoke the next generation of aspiring righteous ones to greater good deeds which would become the legacy that they would leave behind to inspire future generations. This is the same legacy that lives on in righteous Abraham and Sarah who are the back bone of the Patriarchs, the Fathers!
Yeshua alluded to this in Matt 22. The context was a Sadducee who asked Yeshua a question about resurrection. Now, the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead and so this particular individual was not really seeking truth and understanding; he was just trying to entrap Yeshua. He tells Yeshua a story of a woman who husband dies and she marries his brother and it continues for all 7 brothers. And then, the Sadducee asked;
28 "Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her."