This week features:
Mountain, Field, House: Changing Perception of the Temple Mount
Hebron and the Jewish People’s Eternal Connection to the Land of Israel
In this week’s Torah portion of Chayei Sarah, the patriarch Avraham acquires the “Double Cave” of Machpela as a burial place for his beloved wife Sarah. Our sages teach us that Avraham’s connection to this place goes all the way back to Adam, the first man… and the road leads straight to the Garden of Eden. This week, Jews from all over the world will converge on the holy Biblical city of Hebron, in celebration of the patriarchs’ city. What is the secret of our ancient connection to Hebron? Why did Abraham insist on acquiring the Cave of Machpela? And why does the Torah record the deed of sale? This week’s Temple Talk finds Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman in deep introspection on the secrets of Avraham’s relationship with this most ancient point of connection… and what this means for our generation of Jews in the Land of Israel.
Plus: Avraham saw it as a mountain, Yitzchak as a field, and Yaakov as a house… and even as we speak, our perception of the Temple Mountain is constantly shifting and re-defining itself, as the people of Israel move ever closer to building the “house of prayer for all nations.”