Sarah and the Akedah

A mother's response to the near-death of her son

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-- Midrash Pirkei De-Rabbi Eliezer, Chapter 31.  This midrashic work dates to the eighth century. Its attribution is based on the open words of the midrash, which identify the source of the work as Eliezer ben Hyrcanus.

Abraham mourns for Sarah

“And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her” (Genesis 23:2):  The telling of Sarah's death directly follows the binding of Isaac, because when Sarah is told about the binding of Isaac, where her son has been prepared for slaughter and then was nearly not slaughtered, her soul flew from her and she died.

-- Rashi on Genesis 23:2.  Rashi (France, 1040-1105) is the most popular commentator on the Torah.  He frequently drew on midrashim in his commentary.


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