Cave of Machpelah
Machpelah: More Than Just a Cave

Machpelah: More Than Just a Cave

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz This coming Saturday Jews will read the Torah portion known as Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah). The portion begins with the death of Sarah, the matriarch, and describes Abraham’s purchase of the Machpelah Cave...

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Did Abraham Overpay for the Cave of Machpela?

Did Abraham Overpay for the Cave of Machpela?

My grandfather, Rabbi David Stavsky always loved sharing his insights into the weekly Torah portion. Every year, when we would read about the burial of Sarah in Hebron, my grandfather would ask, how did Abraham and Ephron settle on the...

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The Portion of Vayechi

The Portion of Vayechi

In this, the final portion of the book of Genesis, we read of Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons on his deathbed, and his final passing and burial. The book concludes with Joseph’s final days, as well, and his death and enbalming...

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The Portion of Chayei Sarah

The Portion of Chayei Sarah

This week’s portion focuses on the death of Sarah and Abraham’s quest to find a wife for their son, Isaac. Although Abraham disapproves of the local women, he does not want Isaac to leave the Land of Israel to find his wife. Abraham thus...

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