Parsha Chaye Sarah 5768: Avraham’s Attribute of Intuitive Perception, Will It Rub Off on Us?


by Moshe Burt

There are two intriguing commentaries, each relating to a different posuk of Parsha Chaye Sarah, regarding the dialogue leading up to Avraham Aveinu’s acquisition of the Ma’arat HaMachpela for 400 shekels of silver from Efron the Hittite.

The first of the two posukim is spoken by Avraham and says, in part, “I will have given the money for the field; take it of me …” (Breish’it, Perek 23, posuk 13)

“…That a man may marry a woman by using money to effect the marriage is deduced in the Talmud (Kiddushin 2) by drawing a parallel from this verse. But the parallel goes beyond merely the acquisition of the land of the Efronite and the acquisition of a wife. Just as in a marriage the act of acquisition is only the beginning and not the end, because that is when all one’s obligations begin — food, clothing, etc. — the same is true in our dealings with the Efronites. Nothing ends with written contracts and agreements. We pay, pay and pay again, and yet they keep demanding more from us.” (Torah Gems on Chaye Sarah, page 182 quoting Rabbi A.M. Amiel)  [...]  Click here to read more.

Sunday War News: Gaza Terror Shells Fall Short; Rock Attacks Near Tekoa, Bethlehem, Terrorists Arrested, Shooting in Shomron

Shabbos War News: Kassam Barrage, Khan Younis Work Accident, Explosive Device at Fence; Arab Arrested for Knife Possession, Arab Illegals Arrested

Electric and Utility Sanctions Against Gaza: Will Israel Embarrass Herself Before the Nations by Bowing to Pressure to Back Off?


Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA (Independent Media Research and Analysis) hits the nail on the head warning that Israeli sanctions are a lame substitute for doing what needs to be done — destroying, eradicating the PA terror army and their cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition from Egypt. This author expands on Lerner’s position — that if the PA terror army is to be destroyed, the cache of weapons eliminated must extend to that supplied by the US, the very weaponry which would have come into play had the alleged PA guards’ assassination plot on prime minister Olmert actually been attempted. [...]  Click here to read more.

Thursday Night, Friday War News: More Kassams Barrage South, Terrorists Use Google Maps to Target, Islamic Gunmen Killed; Terrorists Arrested, Shul Torched, Vehicle Torched in Yesha

Regarding the Regime’s Plans for Jerusalem Handover: “If I Forget You, Oh Jerusalem…” Are the Jews “Not Getting It?”


As incredible as it seems, many Jews just don’t seem to be getting the message — Jerusalem and Har HaBayit; the heart of the Jewish people, the direction we pray to, what the Jews have longed for, strived for throughout the entire long Golus, is on the chopping block. And it is NOT by the hand of the nations — it is not by the hand of President Bush, or Condelezza Rice that it is on the block, but by the hands of Ehud Olmert and his Trial Balloon Man Haim “the pervert” Ramon. [...]  Click here to read more.

Thursday War News: 3 Kassams From Gaza, 2 Gunmen, Bomber Killed in Act; 4 Terrorists Arrested in Yesha; IAF Jets Fired on by Lebanon

The Evolving “ME,” “It Doesn’t Affect ME,” “It’s Not at MY Door” Mindset


Below are two columns devoted to an issue — Me, My convenience, quick fixes which don’t require Me to bite the bullet, put Myself out and the resultant evolution of lack in family and national values. All of this is related to what this author has been screaming about for years; the lack of unity amongst the people, the dire necessity for such unity and it’s physical expression.

Both of these columns are Must Reads! MB

Our Slow, Steady Slide Toward Narcissism, by Michael Freund (Jerusalem Post) [...]  Click here to read more.

On Rachel Emeinu’s Yahrtzeit: How MK Meir Porush Saved Kever Rachel



For previous posts on Kever Rachel, click here. If only Arabs had been denied free access to the area bordering the Kever complex, perhaps then the walling, isolation and difficulty of Jewish access to the Kever initiated by Sharon and further implemented by Olmert would not be. MB

Hanan Porat: MK Porush Saved Rachel’s Tomb

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Former MK Hanan Porat spoke to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday, describing the importance of Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) to the Jewish people and expressing regret that Israeli control in Bethlehem is limited. Porat remembered how he and MK Meir Porush (UTJ) convinced then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin to keep Rachel’s Tomb under Jewish control during the Oslo Accords, after Rabin had promised control of the area to former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. [...]  Click here to read more.

Wednesday War News: More Kassams, Electricity to Gaza to be Cut; Rocks, Molotovs, Drive-by Shooting and Arrests in Yehuda, Shomron