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D’var Torah-Chayei Sarah 11/6/14

“יִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי שָׂרָה:” כג:א בראשית “And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; [these were] the years of the life of Sarah.” 23:1 GenesisOn this passage, Rashi comments that all of the years of Sarah’s life were equally good (ד׳׳ה שני חיי שרה). Howcould Rashi make this comment if we can clearly see in the text that Sarah had a very troublesome life? For most of Sarah’s life she was childless, she had to go through famine and was kidnapped by Pharaoh and Avimelech. So how was Rashi able to make this statement?Rabbi Zushe of Anipoli comes to answer. According to him, Sarah had mastered the concept of גם זו לטובה. She was able to recognize that even the more troublesome events in her life were from G-d and was able to view the positive aspects of these events. From this we learn that we should all strive to be optimistic and look at life with a better attitude.

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