Love of the Land

For the week ending 10 March 2007 / 20 Adar I 5767

A Building for the Hereafter

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
"I bought this building so that when Mashiach comes, and we have a revival of the dead, I will have a home in Jerusalem. And so, I want the building to remain in our possession."

Thus wrote a Turkish rabbi over 400 years ago in his will in regard to a building he had purchased in what is now known as the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem and is adjacent to a church. Two hundred years ago there was family litigation about this property and the will was cited as proof of the family's ownership that is intact to this very day.

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