Love of the Land - Hebron
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
"Sara died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hebron, in the Land of Canaan." (Bereishis 23:2)
Kiryat Arba (Town of the Four) is so called because of the four couples buried there: Adam and Chava, Avraham and Sara, Yitchak and Rivka, Yaakov and Leah." (Midrash Rabba)
Ancient Hebron was not only linked to the Patriarchs and Matriarchs but is also mentioned in regard to the mission of the spies sent by Moshe to scout the land, one of whom - Kalev ben Yefuneh - was awarded this part of the land for his faithful report. It was also the seat of King David's reign for seven and a half years before making Jerusalem his capital
Hebron is today under Palestinian rule, but there
is a Jewish settlement in the city and in adjoining Kiryat Arba.
The Machpela Cave where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried
continues to attract Jewish worshippers and visitors from all
over the world.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
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