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Parshat Chayei Sarah
The Midrash in Braishit Rabbah on Chayei Sarah records a peculiar event related to the opening pasuk in Chayei Sara: Rabbi Akiva was delivering a shiur when he noticed his audience dozing. In order to grab their attention, Rabbi Akiva asks “Why did Esther rule over 127 provinces? He answers: Let Esther, who is a descendant of Sara, who lived for 127 years, come and rule over 127 provinces.” This Midrash raises many questions. First, why do we need to know that the keh