Bereshit 23 – 25: 18
Haftarah- I Kings 1: 1-31
This week’s parsha begins with the news that Sara Imeinu (our matriarch) has died in Qiryat Arba at the age of 127. Abraham came to mourn and weep for her and to find a fitting burial place for his beloved wife. He insisted on paying for the cave of Machpela even though it had been offered to him as a gift. The text reads, “And the field of Efron, which was in Machpela,which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made over to Avraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Chet,…before Mamre: the same is Hevron in the land of Canaan.” ( Ch. 23 v 17 -19)
Avraham paid full price for this small piece of property, also known as Hebron, in front of witnesses so that there would never be a question of ownership.
Over the past week there have been outstanding speeches in Toronto by Melanie Phillips ( journalist), Nitsana Darshan-Leitner (lawyer), and Caroline Glick (activist). All three women reminded their audiences that the Jews owned Israel before 1967, before 1948, before the Balfour Declaration, and before the Zionist movement under Herzl. We owned the land all the way back to the time of Abraham. We must remember that and not be apologetic or embarrassed. I pray that we will see peace and cooperation in Israel very soon.
Shabbat Shalom, Laya