Thought of the Week: Chaya Sara - Toldot - 5774


And Abraham replied to Ephron as everyone listened.  No, listen to me.  I will buy it from you.  Let me pay the full price for the field so I can bury my dead there.

The acquisition of this field was a monumental moment in the history of the Jewish People. 

Avraham’s purchase was not an ordinary transaction.  It was not an acquisition of land within the domain of a specific country, but rather, it was a sovereign purchase.  This is why the coins used for the matter, according to Targum Onkelos, were universally transferable silver shekels. 

The bond between the Jewish People and their homeland begins in Chevron.  (Chevron comes from the word CHEBUR- to connect.)  Consequently, David who connected the nation of Israel to Hashem, and by being king linked all of the nation to one another, was proclaimed king over all of Israel in Chevron.

However, we cannot have a long-lasting relationship with Eretz Yisrael without the presence of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in our mind.  Chevron, the burial site of the Avot and Emahot, must be part of an Eretz Yisrael we revere.