Torah Portion

Chayei Sara

חיי שרה

Genesis 23:1-25:18
First Kings 1:1–31
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A Wife for Isaac: From Abraham's Hometown or Family?

A Wife for Isaac: From Abraham's Hometown or Family?

Abraham’s servant says that his master told him to take a wife for Isaac from his family, but Abraham said no such thing. Why does the servant say this and why did medieval pashtanim ignore this blatant discrepancy?[1]

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Marty Lockshin
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How Silver Was Used for Payment

How Silver Was Used for Payment

Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah for 400 silver shekels. Biblical phrases, archaeological finds, and chemical analysis come together to paint a portrait of how early trade using silver functioned before the invention of coins.[1]

Tzilla Eshel
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The Ancient City of Hebron

The Ancient City of Hebron

Hebron plays a central role in many biblical stories. It was the prominent city in the Judean highlands, with large fortifications in the Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, and Iron Ages. During the Second Temple period, Hebron was occupied by the Idumeans. Recent archaeological excavations have uncovered large mikvaot (ritual baths), indicating that the inhabitants embraced Judaism.

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David Ben-Shlomo
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Who Was Rebekah's Father?

Who Was Rebekah's Father?

“I am the daughter of Betuel the son of Milkah, whom she bore to Nahor” (Gen 24:24) – Why the unusual and cumbersome genealogical description?[1]

Dr. Rabbi
Zev Farber
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