Thursday, November 20, 2008

Life of Sara

Interesting class by Rabbi Paltiel on the first Jewish woman, Sara.

The class [analyzes] the first pasuk (line) of the parsha. Rabbi Paltiel draws on Rashi, Ramban, Rashbam, Baal HaTurim, Abarbanel, Alshich, and a ma’amar to address the following three questions:

1. Why is it relevant in the Torah to describe the passing of Sarah?

2. Why does the pasuk follow a pattern of klal—prat—klal (general—specific—general)?

3. Why does the word “shana” (years) appear three times (instead of one) in the description of 127 years?

No comments: