'The Land of Israel is acquired through suffering'

Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, in a message to the people of Amona.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu ,

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
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The struggle for Amona reminds us all once again of the words of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, that “the Land of Israel is acquired through suffering.”

Our sages teach that one of the ten trials of Abraham entailed acquiring the Cave of Machpela. Why was the transaction with Efron considered a trial? Because Abraham had to pay an exorbitant price and beg the Hittites to sell him the cave - after G-d [Himself] had promised Abraham the entire land.

Abraham is not confused; he understands that, in this way, he is fulfilling G-d’s promise, and he passes this tenth trial. In his merit, we have had the Cave of Machpela from then on. Abraham was focused on a goal - that of acquiring the Land of Israel - and wasn’t interested in his honor or pride when appearing before the Hittites.

We, too, must remind ourselves that our goal is settling the Land. It is a positive commandment whose value is worth the entire Torah, and if, for this, we must sign for the Supreme Court - we will do this too to fulfill the commandment.

I am writing this letter so that the residents of Amona know that we are all with them at this stage. We understand that the “slanderers” from [far left] “Yesh Din” are doing whatever they can by means of the Supreme Court to block [Amona’s] achievement, and it is forbidden to play into their hands.

Lovers of the Land of Israel everywhere salute you with love, and pray that you will merit to settle the entire land on which Abraham our forefather established an altar and called out to G-d. Amen.