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?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Life of Sara
Interesting class by Rabbi Paltiel on the first Jewish woman, Sara.