What is gematria? And is it something we should be wary of? In this week’s Parshah Seasonings study, we review this dimension of Torah study and delve into Abraham’s grief over the death of Sarah and the strange way it is recorded in a Torah scroll. We will also explore a misspelling of an important Hebrew word. And we will answer the question, what is the longest chapter in Genesis? And why?
[NOTE: The notes below contain a correction that does not appear in the video.*]
ויהיו חיי שׂרה … = And they were – the life of Sarah – …
ויהיו (vayi’yu) = 37
Genesis 23:2 And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
ולב הכת (valeiv hucat) = “and the heart is crushed”
Genesis 23:19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.
Genesis 47:30 “And I will lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.”
Genesis 24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And Adonai had blessed Abraham in everything.
* “son” בכל = 52 = בן (ba’col)
Chapter 24 is the longest in Genesis
Genesis 25:12 These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.
תלדת (toldot) Should be: (תולדות)
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