By Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, November 17, 2011
Within the first two verses of Chayei Sarah, Sarah is dead and, crucially, mourned. The Torah uses not one, but two words to describe Abraham's mourning - lispod v'livchtah. What clues to Abraham's mourning are being granted us through the use of both these terms?
These words are used together in few other places in the Hebrew Bible, notably in Ezekiel 24: 16 and 23.