November 12, 2014 · 7:18 pm
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.
The cave of Machpela by Vincent Van Gogh
These days Israel is constantly on my mind. The situation is tragic. The loss of innocent life, the fear, the rioting in Israeli streets and shelling of Israeli homes and communities is horrifying. Many so-called intellectuals and human rights activists question the right of Israelis and Jews to live in Israel which is historic Canaan with a modern name. The fact is that we Jews have lived in that land longer than any other people. Jews have owned and lived in the land- Canaan, Palestine, the Turkish Empire, Israel- call it what you will-ever since Abraham bought and owned that parcel 5,000 years ago.
At the end of this week’s reading Abraham died and his two sons- Isaac and Ishmael-came together as brothers to bury their father. The two men mourned together. Isaac and Ishmael buried their father in the cave of Machpela, where Sara his wife had been buried. The two brothers met in peace and acted cooperatively. They recognized and remembered that the land belonged to Abraham, and we have to remember that too.
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
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2 responses to “Chayei Sarah- this land is our land”
Caroline Glick is one of my favorites. My dad and she are correspondents and she has spoken at his forums from time to time.
How was the Bar Mitzvah? How was being at Candy’s? It was great to see you both. I’m so glad you and Les came. And I love my shawl. Wore it to shut on Saturday. It is beautiful. And I can wear it with the light designed around my face or the darker ones. Thank you, sweet friend.
Week is evaporating like footprints in the sand. But it is very cold here now. No more beach weather.
Hope your week is going well.
I did a drash on this 30 years ago. Times were different. I appreciated your piece.
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