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Adult Study Group - Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30 - 9:00pm
At the end of last season, the group decided to begin this year with a series of sessions about famous people in Judaism -- from the Bible or any subsequent period of history. The topic for this class is Sarah, the wife of Abraham and the first Jewish mother!
1. No, Sarah wasn’t on Mount Moriah when Abraham was about to kill their son, but, as the first Jewish mother in history, Sarah coined the verb “to plotz.” And she wasnt just plotzing, but…….read on.
From Sarah – Women in the Bible Aish.com
…. “when Avraham and Yitzhak returned home from the intense experience and test which they had passed, they were faced with this last painful aspect of the "Akeida"
" – they found that Sarah had died. She was not destined to be a part of the "post-Akeida" family.
She screamed six times, corresponding to the six "tekiah" notes of the shofar. She had not finished doing this when she died. (Midrash – Vayikra Rabba 20:2)
In her death, Sarah began a process of "tekiot" – wails correlating to those which emanate from the shofar which we blow every year on Rosh Hashana.
These tekiot remind us not only of the binding of Isaac, culminating in the sacrifice of a ram instead, and not only of Sarah's crying upon hearing the news of the Akeida, but also of Mount Sinai, when the sounds of the shofar emanated at the national revelation of God and the receiving of the Torah.
Every year, as we hear the shofar blow, the memory of Sarah – our purposeful, clear-sighted matriarch – comes to mind, as we continue the process of introspection, of searching for clarity amid confusion and despair, finally reaching the ultimate confirmation of certainty and meaning that is found in God and Torah."
2. Much fuller, with more information,
a) http://www.aish.com/jl/b/women/Women_in_the_Bible_Sarah.html#prophet (with an interesting short video about Sarah and prophecy)
a Chabad view which is colorfully explained:
3. Approaching Sarah as a product of the times and thinking in ancient Mesopotamia - two different views - contrast with #2b above
4. For more exposition on Sarah and the binding of Isaac as was read on Rosh HaShanah
https://thetorah.com/the-sacrifice-of-isaac-in-context/ (not as much on Sarah as a philosophical examination of the Akedah)
5. A feminist approach to Sarah
a) https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sarah-in-the-bible/ (same as #3)
6. Muslims and African-Americans on Sarah and Hagar (same as 5c above)
7. Rabbinic commentaries on Sarah . These are compiled in the Sefer Ha Aggadah, "The Book of Legends"
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The Adult Study Group meets for the first time this year on Monday, October 1 at 7:30pm. Click here for details.