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Chayei Sarah  是每日律法書的閱讀部分 Chayei Sarah是什麼意思?假如我們看見一本書,書名為“Chayei Sarah”,我們可能認為,這是一本講述撒拉生平的書。令人驚訝的是,在每日的律法書閱讀部分,Chayei Sarah給了我們怎麼的教導?撒拉的死--撒拉的死以及安葬和哀悼。這非常奇怪,除非我們能夠理解先哲們的解讀:通過以Chayei Sarah來命名的部分,推斷Sarah真正的生命開始於她的死亡。希伯來語的獨特性對此給出了暗示。希伯來語如此敘述:撒拉一生的年月是7年、20年和100年。這是撒拉一生的年歲<希伯來語為Shnei >。在希伯來語中"Shnei"可能有兩層含義:其一是撒拉一生的年歲,另一層含義是撒拉的兩次生命:生前的生命和死亡之後的生命。撒拉死後還有生命,這是什麼意思呢?撒拉被安葬後如何獲得再一次的生命?簡單的理解是:這是來世的生命<life in the world to come>。



我們與希伯倫的麥比拉洞<Cava of Machpelah in Hebron>之間有著無條件的天然紐帶,那裡埋葬著我們的先祖們,使我們在整個這片土地上自由地生活。

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