Three Trouble Spots

It is very timely to point out an important statement of our Sages regarding Eretz Yisrael. There are three places in Tanach, that give evidence to our right to this land, from the period of the Bible. And these three locations are heavily disputed historically, and today as well.

We just read of Avraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpela in Parshat Chayei Sara. Efron offered to give the cave for free, but Avraham insisted on paying for it, as an inheritance for the Jewish people.

We learn that Yakov Avinu purchased the city of Shechem, the burial place of his beloved son, Yosef. Shechem continues to be a hotbed of strife between the Jewish people and her enemies.

King David purchased the site of the Beit Hamikdash from the Yevusi, so that parts of Jerusalem belonged to the Jewish people for eternity.

Chevron, Shechem, and Jerusalem, are documented in the Tanach as belonging to the Chosen people. Perhaps that is the reason why we have known the most strife from these cities.

It is important to reaffirm the fact that our claim to Israel goes back, more than 3000 years. Our presence in Israel has been constant since we entered the land in the time of Joshua.

If people actually studied history, they would realize that the religion of Islam only began in the year 610. The claim of the Palestinian people is an absolute lie. There is no Palestinian people. It was created only at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel.

We are living in a time after October the seventh, where many falsehoods are being uncovered. We must cry out the truth as it will win in the end.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at