Parashat Chayei Sarah / פרשת חיי שרה
The parashah continues with the account of how Yitzkhak (Isaac), the son of Avraham, came to take Rivkah (Rebekah) as his wife after his mother’s death. Avraham commissions his servant, Elazar (Eliezer), to travel to Avraham’s relatives to find a wife for Yitzkhak. The parashah records Avraham’s instructions, Elazar’s journey, how HaShem identified Rivkah as the wife for Yitzkhak, Elazar’s exchange with Rivkah and her family, Rivkah’s faith in leaving her own family and land with Elazar as HaShem had ordained, and Rivkah’s first encounter with Yitzkhak.
Parashat Chayei Sarah continues with a record of Avraham’s children, whom his second wife Keturah bore to him before his death, the length of his life, where he was buried, and where Yitzkhak settled after his death. The parashah concludes with a record Yishmael’s (Ishmael) children, Yishmael’s age when he died, and where his children settled.
1st Aliyah: Genesis 23:1-16 (16 verses)
2nd Aliyah: Genesis 23:17-24:9 (13 verses)
3rd Aliyah: Genesis 24:10-26 (17 verses)
4th Aliyah: Genesis 24:27-52 (26 verses)
5th Aliyah: Genesis 24:53-67 (15 verses)
6th Aliyah: Genesis 25:1-11 (11 verses)
7th Aliyah: Genesis 25:12-18 (7 verses)
Maftir: Genesis 25:16-18 (3 verses)
Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets):
I Kings 1:1 – 1:31
Messiah in the Parashah
The Memra of HaShem had blessed Avraham with every kind of blessing.
Avraham had his servant swear to him in the name of the Memra of the HaShem.
Heir of Avraham, the bridegroom takes a wife.
Commandments in the Parashah