Chayay Sarah: The Life of Keturah, Abraham’s Concubine by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

“Abraham took another wife [after Sarah’s death], whose name was Keturah. She bore him [six sons]. Abraham willed all that he owned to Isaac; but to [his] sons by concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the Land of the East.” Gen. 25:1-6 (adapted)

Chayay Sarah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Scene: c. 1400 BCE, give or take a century. The interior of a stucco’d, mud-brick house in Kiryat-Arba, a suburb of the town of Hebron, a Hittite city. It is dusk; Rebecca, a young bride, daughter of Bethuel of Aram-Naharaim, the newlywed bride of Isaac ben Abraham v’Sarah—that is, the late Sarah, who is buried in the field of Ephron the Hittite, called Machpelah—is lighting an oil lamp.

Torah Talk on 10-21-2013 on Chayei Sarah with Chanah

Torah Talk on 10-21-2013 on Chayei Sarah 5774 with Chanah discussing religious obligations and more

Chayay Sarah with Apologies to Victorian Poet Robert Browning

Scene: A desert caravan, led by Eliezer, Avraham’s Chief Manservant. He addresses a fellow-traveler whom they met on the way. [With apologies to Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812-1889), “Fra Lippo Lippi” (1853)] I’m Avram’s servant, ‘Layzer, by your leave! You may not recognize my bearded face— But I am he whom Avram of Charan Sent […]

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