• Leann Shamash

Remember Me- Sarah

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

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Sarah was a complicated character in Torah. We hear about her as a young woman, a courageous woman, beautiful, hospitable and kind. We suffer along with her as we witness her infertility. We are appalled at her jealousy and cruelty toward Hagar, her maid-servant and the mother of Abraham's son Yishmael. Like all biblical characters and like all of us, Sarah is filled with imperfections. It is easy to laud her or condemn her. This poem attempts to understand her and what Isaac meant to her.


Remember Me


For Isaac


Remember the best of me

and not the worst

Picture me as a beauty

When I had a sparkle in my eyes

When I was kind and innocent

My tresses long and lustrous,

My heart not colored with jealousy

I was a princess and I lacked for nothing

Just you were missing from my life


Remember me for the best

and not the worst

For my bravery

For journeys with your father

I had my doubts but I journeyed nonetheless

I traveled miles to the unknown and met many

Some were enemies but many friends

And even kings

I was bold, I saw the promise

I was indeed a woman of valor


My son, my life

Remember that I loved to laugh

My laughter filled up a room

Chuckles, giggles like music in the air

I could laugh at a joke,

I could laugh even at myself

Even when my heart ached and was so empty

The gift of laughter gave me strength

That laughter merited my greatest gift,

which was you


My Isaac, remember me not for cruelty

It came from deep inside,

From a place of jealousy and darkness

I could not see past my own troubles

My eyes were clouded, my heart strangled

I can never ask for your forgiveness or hers

Sending another mother and child into the desert

Instead, learn from me never to be cruel

Kindness extends outwards forever

Cruelty solves nothing, forever leaving scars


My son, my eyes, the source of my joy

Remember through me that miracles are possible

Miracles exist in this world

For the young and for the old

You are my miracle

My every dream realized

Remember that there is always a reason for hope

And during the darkest of times there is a glimmer of light

You are my hope, you are my every prayer

You will alway be my laughter.


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וַתִּצְחַ֥ק שָׂרָ֖ה בְּקִרְבָּ֣הּ לֵאמֹ֑ר אַחֲרֵ֤י בְלֹתִי֙ הָֽיְתָה־לִּ֣י עֶדְנָ֔ה וַֽאדֹנִ֖י זָקֵֽן׃ And Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “Now that I am withered, am I to have enjoyment—with my husband so old?”

וַיֹּ֥אמֶר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֑ם לָ֣מָּה זֶּה֩ צָחֲקָ֨ה שָׂרָ֜ה לֵאמֹ֗ר הַאַ֥ף אֻמְנָ֛ם אֵלֵ֖ד וַאֲנִ֥י זָקַֽנְתִּי׃ Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I in truth bear a child, old as I am?’

הֲיִפָּלֵ֥א מֵיְהוָ֖ה דָּבָ֑ר לַמּוֹעֵ֞ד אָשׁ֥וּב אֵלֶ֛יךָ כָּעֵ֥ת חַיָּ֖ה וּלְשָׂרָ֥ה בֵֽן׃ Is anything too wondrous for the LORD? I will return to you at the same season next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

וַתְּכַחֵ֨שׁ שָׂרָ֧ה ׀ לֵאמֹ֛ר לֹ֥א צָחַ֖קְתִּי כִּ֣י ׀ יָרֵ֑אָה וַיֹּ֥אמֶר ׀ לֹ֖א כִּ֥י צָחָֽקְתְּ׃

Genesis: 18:12-15

Translation from Sefaria









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