Chayei Sarah – Resurrection of the dead

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וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה, בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן
And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba–the same as Hebron

The sages in the Midrash tell us that when the angel of the other side (left column system, Sam–ael), saw that he lost the soul of Yitzchak, he went to Sarah and told her that Yitzchak was slaughtered by Avraham and sacrificed to G-d.

Sarah cried six times, three to connect to the lower three Sefirot and three to the upper three Sefirot. Her soul left her body and she died. She was 127 years old.

The Torah tells us that she died in Kiryat Arba (meaning city of four) and continues immediately and explains that Kiryat Arba is Hebron. The root word is ” חֶבְר ” and it means connection of two sides.

So what is the city of four and what is the connection that is referred here. The great Torah commentator, Rashi, explains that the name is after the four couples that are buried there, Adam and Eve, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, Yaakov and Leah. Rachel is in Bethlehem on the way to Jerusalem but the reason for that is related to the coming of Mashiach and I will explain this in another article.

Avraham found the cave in the fields that belongs to Efron. He could see the image of Adam and Eve. He also saw that they were buried by the entrance to the Garden of Eden that was in the cave of Machpelah (from the root word ” כפל ” ‘double’ in Hebrew).

That was the reason why he wanted to have ownership of this place. He was ready to pay any price and he did pay the full price. His intension was to give us, the future generations, the connection to the tree of life. The patriarchs and the matriarchs that are buried there protect the entrance to the Garden of Eden for us until the time of the resurrection of the dead.

The Zohar of this parasha dedicates a lengthy article about the resurrection of the Dead. When we read the above, we get a hint to the underlying power that is revealed in this parasha.

The ten spiritual giants who are buried in the ‘cave of the double’, in Hebron , signify the importance of the place and the connection between the upper and lower. The Zohar refers to the Machpela as the place of connecting upper and lower Jerusalem .

Avraham bought the land form Efron. His name comes from the word ” עפר “, which means dust of the earth. The numerical value is 350.

Efron is written in the Torah as ” עֶפְרוֹן ” When Avraham paid him for the field and the cave (Genesis 23:16 ) his name was written as ” עֶפְרֹן ” with the letter Vav missing from the name. That makes the numerical value of 400, the exact amount Avraham paid for his purchase. The commentator “Baal Haturim” also mentions that ” עֶפְרֹן ” has the same numerical value of ” עין־רע “, “evil eye”.

We learn a great lesson from this transaction. When we pay the full price, we take ownership and remove any negativity from the deal. Avraham took the Vav from Efron, that letter represents the pipe and the connection of upper and lower. At the same time he controlled Efron’s evil eye.

(Just to make it clear. I do not suggest that you will start paying any price for your future purchases. What is important is that when it comes to something of great value to you, you should make sure that the seller is satisfied with the deal. You do not want their ‘evil eye’ attached to your new possession. Especially when you buy a business, a house, a car or anything that you will use on a daily basis.)

The Zohar tells us a story of King Solomon that one day he took control over the king of demons. King Solomon asked him what is the best advice he can give him and the answer was “Pay full price to avoid the negativity from coming in”.

We want the blessings in everything we do and have. In 24:1 we connect to the blessing of G-d to Avraham ” וַיקוָק בֵּרַךְ אֶת-אַבְרָהָם, בַּכֹּל “, “and G-d had blessed Abraham in all things” (We use this blessing when we recite the blessing over the food, ‘Birkat Hamazon’)

Avraham established control over the gates to the Garden of Eden and bridged the gap between death (our world, Tree of Knowledge Good and Bad) and life (Garden of Eden and Tree of Life). This is the reason the Zohar talks a lot about the system of death and resurrection of the dead in the discussion of this parasha.

One important point from the Zohar is about the existence of the special bone in a body named ” עצם־הלוז “. This bone is not connected to or fed by the body. It is a tiny bone in an unknown place between the head and the body. There are several opinions to the actual place but the Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) and Rabbi Avraham Azulai said that its place is at the base of the neck. It could not be anywhere else because the head represents the top three Sefirot (Keter Chokmah and Binah) and the body connects to the lower seven Sefirot.

The Zohar explains that when the special dew ” טל ” (The deeper meaning is the ” יהו ” in Milui or ” יוד־הא־ואו “), will come down from heaven (upper three Sefirot), it will touch the neck bone and will get soften and expand to four directions to form the body anew.

The Zohar also describes that G-d took dust ” עפר ” from the earth and spread it to four directions to create Adam.

When it says ” כי-עפר אתה, ואל-עפר תשוב ” “for you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” we see the past and the future. It doesn’t say into the ground as in death of the body, but to ” עפר “, which is the seed of its creation and its resurrection.

We learn from the Zohar that the neck bone ” עצם־הלוז ” (numerical value is 248), is the starting point in creating Adam’s body. ” עפר ” (dust) also appears first time in the creation of Adam. Genesis 2:7 ” וַיִּיצֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם, עָפָר מִן-הָאֲדָמָה ” “Then G-d formed man of the dust of the ground”. That dust is the seed of the physical body encapsulate into the neck bone ” עצם־הלוז “, which is immortal. It will stay until the resurrection of the Dead. It is interesting to know that babies are born with 350 bones in their body. 350 is the numerical value of ” עָפָר “, dust. As the baby grows to become adult, many bones fused together to form 206 bones and 42 joints and together 248. It is the same numerical value as Avraham and ” עצם־הלוז ” (neck bone).

” עפר ” is ” ע ” = 70 + ” פר “= 280 = ” םןץףך “. Some of you will understand this but the main point is to understand that Avraham bought more than a piece of real estate; he bought a future for us.

In few days, on the 24 th of Mar Cheshvan, is the Hillulah of Rabbi Avraham Azulai, a great Kabbalist who was born in Morocco , lived and died in Hebron . He had the opportunity to get into the Garden of Eden and come out alive. In his book “Chessed L’Avraham” he reveals many Kabbalah Secrets. I will send a separate email related to this.


13 thoughts on “Chayei Sarah – Resurrection of the dead”

  1. Zion shalom,
    many thanks for the detailed commentary and the “tip” about ‘?????’.
    There is no doubt about how illuminated is the soul of Abraham by asserting to us a future.
    I am waiting for the mail related to Rabbi Avraham Azulai’s book “Chessed L’Avaraham”!

    Blessings and lots of Light to all,

  2. This teaching is precious and timely, Zion. I appreciate it so much and want you to know that those of us who listen to and read your translations are going out like beacons into the world and sharing what you are sharing with us. We are changed when we hear the Aramaic and see a translation that our minds can start to grasp. Thank you so much for all you do, and please thank the others who assist you in all your work.

  3. Zion Shalom,
    I to want to thank you so much. This insightful reading into this week’s Torah passage was (excuse the pun) Priceless to me. Thank you, love to all

  4. You are wonderful!! G-d Bless you and all your loved ones for the awesome work you do in spreading the Light!!
    Thank you so very much for the link.

  5. Yes …you are
    thank you so much
    Be blessed
    Amazing how you have time
    to do all this gifts
    for our souls

  6. It is great, Zion, thank you very much for the gift/link to the translation of the third part of “Chessed L’Avraham”.
    I wish you many blessings and all the energy and time you need, to do the best you can, to complete the rest of it.

    Lots of Light to all,

  7. Thanks for this inspirational detail its a great lesson to learn. I will like to get the details of Avraham Azulai.thanks again

  8. Shalom

    gracias por tan extraordinarias enseñanzas que animan a estudiar y vivir la tora

    rav. en la parasha jaie sara al final comenta que enviara por separado unas enseñanzas

    seria posible de favor me las enviara muchas gracias

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