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Abraham’s Legacy Still without Boundaries in Hebron

Tens of thousands of Jews will be spending Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hebron in honor of our Matriarch Sarah.
A few of Morav's former commanders surprised at his farewell party, including Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Noam Arnon, Baruch Marzel, and Rabbi Shalom Alkobi.

A few of Morav's former commanders surprised at his farewell party, including Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Noam Arnon, Baruch Marzel, and Rabbi Shalom Alkobi.

For example, Colonel Guy Hazut, speaking recently after having concluded two years as commander of the Judea-Hebron brigade, said, “Many people think that people in the Jewish community of Hebron have horns and tails. These are amazing people. There is a tiny, negligible group which give them a bad name.”

Abraham’s legacy is a lesson well learned, and still practiced. That legacy, still alive and well, is the crux of our existence, not only in Hebron, but as a people, in Israel and around the world.

This coming Shabbat, Chayei Sarah, we read of Abraham’s initial transaction, purchase of the Caves of Machpela in Hebron, as a final resting place for Sarah, and later himself, Isaac and Rebeccah, and Jacob and Leah. Together with tens of thousands in Hebron, and multitudes elsewhere, we continue, as best we can, the heritage bequeathed to us, some four thousand years ago.

The writer is spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron.

About the Author: David Wilder is the spokesperson for the Hebron Community and a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.

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4 Responses to “Abraham’s Legacy Still without Boundaries in Hebron”

  1. I wish the Jewish community of Hebron well and hope it continues in Hebron for another 3,000 years at least.

    Recently, I responded to a column here which re-printed one by Meir Kahane.

    I mentioned that it was important to condemn Dr. Baruch Goldstein for his atrocities in the strongest way.

    I want to repeat this again because the subject is the connection between Avraham and the Jewish community of Hebron.

    It amazes me that some Jews who know very well the story of how Avraham ran to do kindness to strangers are celebrating someone who murdered 29 Muslims while they were praying to God in Avraham's tomb.

    97% of Israeli Jews who were polled agree that Dr. Godstein did an enormously evil act.

    But it is not well known that the Jewish community of Hebron agrees with the 97%.

    I hope to hear or read somewhere from Hebron Jews that agree also.

    I understand that some Hebron Muslims have also deeply betrayed there heartfelt connection to Avraham by murdering Jews in Hebron.

    The Jewish community is under siege with tremendous hostility from the Muslim people there.

    Certainly the Jews have a right to defend their lives if attacked physically.

    This is the law of self-defense.

    But the Jews of Hebron do not have the right to initiate war without the approval of the Jewish people and or the greatest Rabbis that they indeed are covered under the laws of war.

    Baruch Goldstein's acts were not acts of self-defense or war, but murder, blasphemy, and desecration of the Holy Name.

  2. Tim Upham says:

    There are no boundaries to Abraham's legacy, because Abraham was the first believer in One God. So that is the reason why Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all known as the Three Abrahamic Faiths. Hebron is a good example of how Judaism and Islam can help each other. In 1929, when Jews were being hunted down and killed, 19 Arab Muslim families risked their lives by taking in and hiding 435 Jews. I have been campaigning to get a memorial placed in Hebron to commemorate those 19 Arab Muslims families, the same way you have the Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles at Yad Vashem. To serve as a role model that Judaism and Islam can coexist in Hebron, along with the Cave of the Three Patriarchs.

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