Monday, November 21, 2005

parshat Chayyei Sarah: Proof of Gilgul

We find evidence for the idea of gilgul in the first pasuk of this week's parsha. The parsha begins {Bereishit 23:1}:

א וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה, מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים--שְׁנֵי, חַיֵּי שָׂרָה. 1 And the life of Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
And the pasuk states שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי שָׂרָה.

Alternatively, the pasuk begins יִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה and then states:
מֵאָה שָׁנָה
וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה
וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים

Yes, it's a joke.

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