Welcome to another exciting Parsha. As Rabbi Nachman said – the Parsha is about you and me. It Is Chaya Parsha and our Parsha starts off with the story of how Avraham purchased the cave and Field in Hebron. This is the birthplace of people. This shows our historical right and connection to Hebron. The EU, the Democrats UNESCO, social media, and the Arabs are trying to rewrite history. So, let’s use our weekly meeting with Shabbat to make Torah – our connection to the truth, our guidebook relevant to us. Let’s learn and connect to what has kept the Jewish people alive and vibrant over the last 2000 years and more It is poignant that this week.
Hebron is mentioned 87 times in the Bible and is the world’s oldest Jewish community. Joshua assigned Hebron to Caleb from the tribe of Judah (Joshua 14:13-14), who subsequently led his tribe in conquering the city and its environs (Judges 1:1-20). As Joshua 14:15 notes, “the former name of Hebron was Kiryat Arba…”
Following the death of King Saul, God instructed David to go to Hebron, where he was anointed King of Judah (II Samuel 2:1-4) and reigned in the city for seven years before being anointed King over all Israel (II Samuel 5:1-3). One thousand years later, during the first Jewish revolt against the Romans, the city was the scene of extensive fighting. Jews lived in Hebron continuously throughout the Byzantine, Arab, Mameluke and Ottoman periods and it was only in 1929 that the city became temporarily “free” of Jews as a result of an Arab pogrom in which 67 Jews were murdered and the remainder forced to flee. After the 1967 Six-Day War, the Jewish community of Hebron was re-established.
With this historical backdrop, let’s look at the more recent history.
In the late 1800s, the Jews started to come back to their home and started the Zionist enterprise and making the land green and livable.
With this many Arabs from the surrounding countries of Syria and Jordan etc came seeking employment and a better life. These were Arabs. I am not going to call them Palestinians as this name given by the Romans and there is no distinct Palestinian history that is known to the world
From the British Mandate in 1919 a struggle for control for the land of Israel started culminating in the Hebron massacre in 1929 where Jews were forced out of Hebron.
The rest is history. When I learned History at school I thought history was history. But today it looks like we can rewrite history.
Melanie Phillips writes we need to change the narrative. We need to look at the real history as known to mankind based on 2000 years of facts, writings, and archaeological evidence.
And also need for World Leaders to acknowledge the truth.
As Winston Churchill said on a visit to the Holy land in 1921 ‘You ask me to repudiate the Balfour Declaration and to stop (Jewish) immigration. This is not in my power … and it is not my wish … It is manifestly right that the scattered Jews should have a national centre, and a national home to be re-united, and where else but in Palestine, with which for three thousand years they have been intimately and profoundly associated?
We also need to thank President Trump who by no coincidence in the week of Parsha Chaya Sara recognized our (obvious) rights to our ancient Homeland – Judea & Samaria (which incorrectly referred to as the West Bank). No, it is not the West Bank. It is Judea our birthplace as this powerful video of Reb Shlomo shows. https://youtu.be/z7Ta2wOj52A
We also thank President Trump for his moral Compass. Thank you for combatting the lies and false claims of Occupation. Yes, Israel is home to both Jews and Arabs. There is no reason why we can not live in peace and stop the world from incitement against Israel. Without going into politics, there is no question that there was massive immigration by both Jews and Arabs from 1882 and there was massive growth in Arab settlement in the Land illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967 where 35,000 people came to Hebron alone. The same pattern in Silwan and other areas of Jerusalem. As they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words. Photos from the mid 1800’s tell the real story. (photos sourced on Facebook)