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Rabbi Sorotzkin compares it to the 100 kesitah that Yaakov paid for the land in Shechem on which to settle himself, his family and his flocks. IIRC, Rabbi Sorotzkin says that a kesitah was a quarter of a shekel (.25). Thus, 400 shekel was 1600 kesitah. This means that Avraham paid 16 times what Yaakov did for just the burial cave. Of course, Efron ...


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I remember hearing a shiur by R' Dovid Gottlieb (I think it was "Historical Verification of the Torah - Standards & Prophecy") where he explains that it was indeed the normal price, and that the back-and-forth regarding the sale was normal courtesy at the time.


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Based on a shiur by Rav Amnon Bazak at Yeshivat Har Etzion quoting the Arugas Habosem the amount paid by Avraham was enough to buy 2.4 million square Amos. In an extraordinary piece of arithmetic computation, the Arugat Ha-bosem proves that 400 shekel - the price of sdei ha-machpela - was enough to buy 2.4 million square amot, based on the price of ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that every event in the parsha represents the triumph of Sarah's view and approach. First, the purchase of Ma'aras HaMachepeilah shows the actualization of G-d's promise in the world. She passed away unable to take the news that Yitzchak was almost sacrificed because her focus was on serving G-d within the world, not negating ...


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msh210 is correct but... al pi drush one can say the main part of the parsha revolved around Yitzchok's finding a wife. This happened in large part as his emotional replacement for his mother as the Torah attests at the end of chapter 24 'and Yitzchok was comforted after his mother'. Another point is kabbalisticaly speaking, as brought in Chida and others ...


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Like the colloquial name of every other parasha, Chaye Sara's comes from its initial words.


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The following only addresses the absence of his name in Parshas Chayei Sarah, but that is the bulk of cases in which his name is replaced with eved/ish. R' Yaakov Kaminetzky (Emes L'Yaakov Bereishis 24:39) sees in this point an important motif underlying the story of Eliezer's search for a wife for Yitzchok. Eliezer had a daughter whom he wanted to marry ...



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