The Life of Sarah
Begin the study of the life of Sarah [Genesis 23: 1-2]
with the death of Sarah
she seems alone
Abraham traveling to an unfamiliar place
to negotiate for her burial plot. [23:4]
I returned to the young men
I dwelt at Beer Sheva [22:19]
there are consequences for my behavior
I know this.
I am crying for her [Genesis 23:2]
here at Kiryat Arba
Children of Het —
I will give you everything you ask for —
I want this land. [23:16]
This land this land
What remains unfinished in the living
Abraham is working out in the dying
I will give you everything you ask for
name your price
it’s not about the land.
What happened to our family. . .
not a duplication of strategies
independent responses to difficult problems,
so much patch-up to do
no hope of resolution without a unified strategy.
Abraham comes alone to deal for the grave
bury his wife and cry for her.
A river of tears will be spilled over this land
it’s not about land —
Though Isaac and Ishmael
come together once more
to bury their father Abraham, [25:9]
And Rebecca is born
before Sarah dies [22:23]
Rebecca is the healing from the next generation
God provides the refuah
before the sickness
the healing will come from the future.
Days will come to Abraham
Abraham is granted a vision of the All [Gen.24:1]
and long into the future
the generations of Abraham Sarah and Rebecca
will draw a line in the sand and say
this stops here.
O holy Shabbes Inspiration Chayei Sarah [the life of Sarah]
Maqam Hijaz D E-flat F# G
Each Shabbat is associated with a maqam
A musical figure
Maqam signifying place
Arabic cognate to Hebrew maqom.