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The life of Sara, mother of the Jewish
People, comes to a
close at the age of one hundred and twenty-seven. After mourning
and eulogizing her, Avraham buries her in the Cave of Machpela.
As this is the burial place of Adam and Chava, Avraham is
prepared to pay its owner Ephron the Hittite the exorbitant
sum which he demands for the cave.
Avraham places the responsibility for finding a suitable wife for his
son Yitzchak on his faithful servant Eliezer, who takes an oath
to choose a wife from amongst Avraham's family and not from the Canaanites. Eliezer travels to Aram Naharaim, to the city of Nachor,
and prays to G-d to show him a sign so he will know whom to choose.
At evening time, as he is about to water his camels, Rivka providentially
appears and Eliezer asks her for a drink of water. Not only does she give
him to drink, but she draws water for all ten of his thirsty camels.
This extreme thoughtfulness and kindness is the sign that she is the
right wife for Yitzchak, and a suitable mother of the Jewish People.
Negotiations with Rivka's father and her brother Lavan finally result
in her leaving with Eliezer. Yitzchak brings Rivka into the tent
of his mother Sara, marries her and loves her.
He is then consoled for the loss of his mother.
Avraham remarries Hagar who is renamed Ketura to indicate
her improved ways. Six children are born to them.
After giving them gifts, Avraham sends them to the East.
Avraham passes away at the age of one hundred and seventy-five
and is buried next to Sara in the Cave of Machpela.