Love of the Land

For the week ending 2 January 2010 / 15 Tevet 5770

Shechem A Purchase and a Plot

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

On his way back from the house of Lavan to his parents in Eretz Yisrael, the Patriarch Yaakov purchased a portion of land in the city of Shechem.

The city was the site of a war between its inhabitants and the sons of Yaakov who avenged the violation of their sister Dinah by a local prince.

It was here too that Yosef was sold into slavery by his brothers and where he was eventually buried in the plot his father had purchased.

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