Acquiring the Land of Israel, by Rabbi Josh Gerstein

Coming Into the Light of Aliyah

Acquiring the Land of Israel

From Rabbi Josh Gerstein

In this week’s Torah portion, there is an entire chapter of twenty verses dedicated to recounting in intricate detail Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpela from the children of Chet. This is a unique situation, because we know that there is rule regarding the words of the Torah: there is no place for literary repetition or elegant prose for the sake of style, rather every word that is written is for specific reason and to teach us a lesson. Why, then, does the Torah deem this incident so important that it warrants such great detail and extended explanation? There must be a deeper message for us to glean from these verses.

The Talmud in Tractate Berachot 5a writes that there are three precious gifts that are given to the Jewish people, but they can only be acquired through suffering and…

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