Chayei Sarah: Who Owns Israel?




We, the Jewish people, are one family. It does not matter how different our geography, affiliation, or politics might be – we are family. This past Monday, two of our siblings were murdered, stabbed to death. Sergeant Almog Shiloni, 20 years old, was brutally attacked in Tel Aviv, and 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus was slaughtered at the entrance to the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shvut, some 15 miles south of Jerusalem, and this happened but a stone’s throw away from where the three boys, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah were abducted and murdered.

Isn’t it enough? What can we do to stop this malevolence? What can we do preempt such atrocities? Is there something, anything we can do? Is there a precedent for us to follow?

Perhaps the cure to this darkness in our midst is found in two real estate transactions, the first of which happened 3,691 years ago in Hebron, the second of which happened 2,883 years ago in Jerusalem.

Why did Abraham insist on purchasing a small parcel of land in Chevron?

Being proud of our land – the land promised and given to us by God – is the antidote to any challenge to our right to it or to our existence.

The whole world knows that Israel, the Tempe Mount and the Machpelah Cave belong to the Jews – that is why our enemies attack us. And it is high time we Jews knew it too, and proclaimed it as well.



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