Love of the Land - Unchallengable Claim
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
There are three places in Eretz Yisrael, say our Sages (Bereishet Rabbah 79:7), where the nations of the world cannot even begin to press their false claim that we "stole" the land which Hashem, the Master of the World, gave to us, because they were all actually purchased from their owners. Avraham purchased the Machpela Cave in which the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried, Yaakov purchased the field in Shechem where Yosef is buried, David purchased the site on which the Beit Hamikdash was built by his son.
How tragically ironic it is that it is in regard to these very areas -- Hebron, Shechem and Temple Mount -- we are forced to stand up against the world to defend our rights of ownership.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions