Thursday, January 26

ראש השנה 5776 - the new year 5776

ראש השנה 5776 - the new year 5776

The UK celebrated the queen’s reign this week, which only lasts 63 years (so far).

The Jewish people will celebrate the reign of our King, the Creator of the universe, which we count at 5775 years.

So, at the beginning of 5776, please accept my heartfelt wishes for a prosperous, healthy and happy year.

First published on 16 September 2015, on Jewish P.O.S.T. - the Jewish Voice for the People Of South Tottenham (now defunct).

Wednesday, January 25

Driver Gemach

Dear Reader

We would like to add our Gemach to your telephone book, so that when you are traveling you can find a driver to shuttle you from/to the airport/station - wherever there is a sizeable Jewish community.  Our details are already listed in directories in the UK, Israel and the States. 

Read further for background details:
You may recall the tragedy that befell our family on כ"א סיון תשע"ג (last summer 2013), when my nephew משה יהודא ליב ז"ל בן יבדל לחיים טובים וארוכים ר' אהרן ני"ו, didn't wake up on the morning of his brother's wedding. We started this Gemach לעילוי נשמתו.

#                                                                #
#       Driver Gemach.                              #
#       Need to be picked up from the    #
#       airport or train station?                #
#       A Heimishe Yungerman will          #
#       serve all your travelling needs.     #
#       Call us on:                                        #
#       Antwerp: +32 486 882 332           #
#       London: +44 7974 160 252          #
#       Edgware: TBC                                #
#       Montreal: +151464977528         #
#       New York: +917 754 001              #
#       Eretz Yisroel: TBC                          #
#       Vienna: +43 676 360 0942          #
#       Manchester: TBC                           #
#       לעילוי נשמת                                       #
#       הבחור משה יהודא ליב בן אהרן.            #
#                                                                #

The idea behind this Gemach is as follows:
On the one hand there are many people travelling around the world on a daily basis and do not know about the availability of Heimishe drivers.
On the other hand there are many Heimishe Yungeleit who are struggling to put bread on their family table.

By matching up the travellers with the drivers, we hope to allow the customers to support Heimishe Yungeleit, so the Yungeleit will be able to gain פרנסה and confidence and their customers will fulfil the מצוה of וחי אחיך עמך.

Whoever has heard the
הספדים on Moshe ז"ל, will remember that this is exactly what he used to do during his time in Antwerp and in Bene Beraq, when he was still with us.

By including the above text in your Gemach list, you are preparing the ground for so much 
חסד and פרנסה בכבוד that this will hopefully engender.

Thank you very much and tizku lemitzvos. Wishing you good luck with this new endeavour, in the name of the Scharf (Beck) family.

Menasche Scharf (Beck) 000447974 160 252

First published on 01 July 2014, on Jewish P.O.S.T. - the Jewish Voice for the People Of South Tottenham (now defunct).

Tuesday, January 24

Today and every day

What they know about you can make your life that more meaningful Too Busy for a Friend..... One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. 
On Monday she gave each student his or her list.  Before long, the entire class was smiling.  'Really?' she heard whispered.  'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments. No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. 
She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter.  The exercise had accomplished its purpose.  The students were happy with themselves and one another. 
That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student.  She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before.  He looked so handsome, so mature. The church was packed with his friends.  One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin.  The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 
'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked.  She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.' 
After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. 
Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher. We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed.  We thought you might recognize it.' Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times.  The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. 'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said.  'As you can see, Mark treasured it.' All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. 
Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list’.  It's in the top drawer of my desk at home.' Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.' 'I have mine too,' Marilyn said.  'It's in my diary' Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group.  'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists'. That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried.  She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. 
And we don't know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important.  Tell them, before it is too late. And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward this message on. 
If you've received this, it is because someone cares for you and it means there is probably at least someone for whom you care. 

Remember, you reap what you sow.  What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

Yad VaShem - Heartwarming

אחרי 76 שנה: בני הדודים ניצולי השואה התאחדו
פאניה בלקאי ראתה שאדם שאינה מכירה כתב במאגר קורבנות על אביה ששרד את השואה וטען שהיה גיסו. בירור העלה כי אחת מאחיותיו של האב ניצלה אף היא, וכי זה לא ידע על הישרדותו של זה. השבוע נפגשו ילדיהם, חלקם ניצולים בעצמם, והכירו לראשונה את קרוביהם: "אנחנו לא לבד. הורינו הופרדו, אבל התקווה ממשיכה גם אחרי מותם"
"עכשיו אנחנו לא לבד, מתברר שהתקווה חיה גם אחרי שאנחנו מתים". כך אמרה היום רבקה פצ'ניק, ניצולת שואה, בעת שהתאחדה לראשונה עם שני בני דודים שעל קיומם כלל לא ידעה. "אימא סיפרה תמיד שכל המשפחה נרצחה במלחמה. אני לא יכולה לדבר מרוב התרגשות מאז שגיליתי שאח של אימא נשאר בחיים", הוסיפה פצ'ניק, שהופרדה בילדותה מאמה ומצאה מחסה ביער עם פרטיזנים – והתאחדה עם אמה רק שנים לאחר תום המלחמה.
המפגש המרגש והנדיר נערך היום במוזיאון "יד ושם", 76 שנים לאחר שבני המשפחה נפרדו וכלל לא ידעו זה על הישרדותו של זה. במפגש נפגשו שני זוגות של בני דודים מדרגה ראשונה. מיד ושם נמסר כי איחוד משפחות מסוג זה, שבו קיימת קרבה משפחתית קרובה כל כך, מתקיים רק בפעם השנייה בחמש השנים האחרונות.
בני הדודים מקרבה ראשונה, שלעולם לא פגשו אלה את אלה ולא ידעו עד לפני כמה ימים אלה על קיומם של אלה, התחבקו והזילו דמעות רבות כשנפגשו היום לראשונה. האיחוד התאפשר הודות לסיוע שהם קיבלו ממחלקת יעץ ומידע באגף הארכיונים ביד ושם, שערכה עבורם חיפוש בדפי העד ובמאגר ITS (שירות האיתור הבינלאומי שנמצא בבאד ארולסן שבגרמניה).

בירור על "הנצחה שגויה" הוביל לאיחוד המרגש

הסיפור הנוכחי החל לפני כמה חודשים, כאשר בת דודתה הבלתי-ידועה של רבקה, פאניה בלקאי – בתו של ניצול השואה ניסן בנד – מצאה במאגר המרכזי של שמות קורבנות השואה של יד ושם דף על אביה שנכתב על ידי אדם שהיא לא הכירה, בשם שמחה בורנשטיין, שציין כי הוא גיסו של בנד. לבנד היו חמש אחיות שהוא היה בטוח שכולן נספו בשואה, ועל כן לא היה ברור איך ייתכן שיש לו גיס. ב-1939 ברח בנד לברית המועצות ושם נשאר אחרי המלחמה עד מותו ב-1983, וילדיו – פאניה וגנאדי – עלו ארצה עם משפחותיהם בשנות ה-90.
פאניה הגיעה ליד ושם בשבוע שעבר כדי לברר מי הנציח "בטעות" את אביה. מחלקת יעץ ומידע במוזיאון ערכה עבורה מחקר, ובמסגרתו התגלה כי גם אחת מאחיותיו של בנד, ינטה בורנשטיין, הייתה בברית המועצות בזמן המלחמה – ושרדה. בהמשך התגלה כי היא עלתה ארצה ב-1948 עם בעלה שמחה וארבעת ילדיה – הירש-לייב, אברם, רבקה וחנה. כמו כן התברר כי שתי הבנות, רבקה וחנה, חיות ונמצאות בארץ.
היום נפגשו לראשונה רבקה וחנה עם בני דודם פאניה וגנאדי. "כל השנים חשבנו שאנחנו לבד. בשואה אני הייתי ילדה קטנה, נפרדתי מאימא שלי. הייתי עם קבוצת ילדים והבריחו אותנו מפולין. התאחדנו רק אחרי כמה שנים", סיפרה פצ'ניק ל-ynet. "כל השנים חשבנו שאין לנו משפחה, והיום קיבלנו משפחה. הרגשתי דפיקות לב. הרגשתי שאני לא לבד, שיש לי מישהו. שאנחנו כבר לא לבד".

לדברי אחותה, חנה מושקוביץ, "גדלנו עם המחשבה שאין משפחה, שמי שנשאר בפולין – הלך. אבל עכשיו יש לי משפחה גדולה. ההורים לא סיפרו לי. לא ידעתי כלום. היום בפעם הראשונה אני פוגשת משפחה. התקשרו אליי מיד ושם וסיפרו לי שיש לי בת דודה שמחפשת אותי. בהתחלה הייתי המומה. חשבתי שאולי טועים. ואז התחלתי להבין שזה אמת. היום כשנפגשנו נורא התרגשתי. הרגשתי חיבור ממבט ראשון, שהתרחבה משפחה".
בת דודם של השתיים ויוזמת האיחוד ללא ידיעתה, פאניה בלקאי, התקשתה לדבר. "אני מאוד מתרגשת ושמחה", אמרה. "אבא חיפש וחלם למצוא משפחה כל החיים. הוא היה לבד. בסופו של דבר, היום במפגש הזה, החלום שלו התגשם". אחיה גנאדי הוסיף: "תמיד הייתה לו תקווה שנמצא משפחה, שנמצא זה את זה".
 יו"ר יד ושם, אבנר שלו, ביקש להדגיש את חשיבות מילוי דפי העד. "אני קורא למשפחות שיתכנסו בקרוב להדלקת נרות חנוכה לבדוק אם הונצחו בני משפחתם שנרצחו בשואה במאגר השמות של יד ושם, ולמלא דפי עד על קורבנות ששמותיהם עדיין לא נמצאים במאגר", מסר.
 4.6 מיליון שמות נאספו על ידי יד ושם וכיום נמצאים במאגר המרכזי של שמות קורבנות השואה של המוזיאון באינטרנט. במאגר ניתן לערוך חיפושים באנגלית, עברית, רוסית, ספרדית וגרמנית. פרטים נוספים ניתנים במספר הטלפון 02-6443808 ובמספר 02-6443235 לדוברי רוסית.

Monday, January 23

Pela Nossa Sobrevivência II

En Brerá - אין ברירה - Não há alternativa Toda pessoa e cada mikve devem ser um centro de educação para o mikve de cada judeu.  Por quê?  Nosso povo e nossa Terra Santa estão sob ameaças físicas e espirituais.  90% dos judeus ao redor do mundo não imergem num mikve! 30% sequer ouviram falar do conceito!
O problema não é a falta de mikvaot ou fundos para construí-los, mas a falta de educação para o mikve!
   90% não comparecem à sinagoga sequer em Yom Kipur!
   Europa: 85% de casamentos mistos.
   EUA: Perdemos um milhão de judeus nos últimos 4 anos! 80% de casamentos mistos.
   Nossa Terra Santa é, hoje, o único país do mundo sob ameaça explícita de aniquilação nuclear.
Não podemos negar uma conexão entre os problemas! O que devemos fazer?
En Brerá: Devemos educar cada judeu ao redor do mundo sobre o mikve! Por quê? Entre numerosas razões:
1) Cada um de nós tem, para imergir no mikve,  as mesmas razões de Adam, o primeiro ser humano, cujo primeiro ato depois de ter pecado foi uma imersão no mikve como arrependimento (Pirkê Derabi Eliêzer 14-20).
2) Profeta Yirmeyáhu (14:8, San’hedrin 94): “Mikve de Israel os salva num momento de aperto”.
Isso depende muito de todo o nosso povo observá-lo.
3) Profeta Yeshaayáhu (1:15,16, Targum): Depois de uma imersão de arrependimento no mikve, temos mais chance de Hashem ouvir, aceitar e responder às nossas preces com piedade e compaixão.
4) O pecado contamina! Por isso, o arrependimento exige purificação do pecado! (Tehilim 51:4, Or Zarúa 1.40.112).
"Imersão para o Arrependimento!" (Magen-Avraham, Orach Chayim 606:4).
5)  Até atingir a maturidade mental aos 20 anos, a criança imita seu meio social como um macaco.
Por isso, todo garoto judeu precisa de educação e supervisão de Torá dos 5 aos 20 anos.
Interrompendo-as antes pode comprometer o investimento educacional de Torá, já que o jovem se adaptará ao seu meio social.
Se ele viver entre não judeus, agirá como eles.  (Avot 5:21, Shemot 30:14, Rashi).
Infelizmente, hoje em dia, a maior parte dos judeus não educa seus filhos com Torá devido aos 15 anos de altos gastos com esta educação e uma série de outras razões.
Seus filhos frequentam escolas públicas e se casam com suas colegas não judias, já que são mais fáceis, pois seus pais as incitam a “agarrar” um “garoto judeu fino e rico”, que não bebe.
A maneira mais fácil e efetiva  de frear o holocausto da assimilação, por um custo mínimo, é educar todo judeu a ir ao mikve! Uma vez que, durante a imersão no mikve, ficamos sem ar para respirar, instintivamente nos conectamos a D’us.
Depois disso, pensamos, rezamos e vivemos diferentemente, inspirados a estudar Torá.
Então, casamentos mistos deixam de ser uma opção.
Hoje em dia, homens não têm obrigação da Torá de imergir num mikve.
Mesmo assim, temos o direito consolidado, uma vez que, além da pureza resultante, a imersão no mikve – ficar sozinho com D’us – leva a uma série de benefícios espirituais, tais como temor aos Céus, arrependimento, observância das leis da Torá.
Quando os homens também imergem, a pureza familiar é estritamente e completamente observada e a vida comunitária se torna mais séria.
No entanto, para atingir todo o nosso povo, precisamos de muitos ativistas em todos os lugares ao redor do mundo.
Onde e como podemos recrutá-los?
En Brerá: Todo comitê local de mikve deve também se tornar um centro de educação de mikve para os judeus locais e afastados que estão carentes de conhecimento sobre o mikve.
Para tudo isso, grandes somas e fundos são necessários.
Onde e como podemos levantá-los?
En Brerá: Não Há Alternativa! Além da obrigação que cada judeu tem de apoiar e trabalhar pela educação para o mikve, devemos pedir, suplicar e exigir que cada mikve reserve 10% de seu orçamento de construção e  funcionamento para a educação sobre o mikve por intermédio de seu comitê local.
Isto, juntamente com as doações diretas, proverão os fundos para a disseminação de material impresso sobre o mikve em cada caixa postal judaica e para atividades adicionais.
Isso certamente aumentará o número de usuários e, automaticamente, a renda do mikve.
Com a ajuda de D’us: Pelo mérito desta tremenda mitsvá, nós com certeza mereceremos salvações de nossas ameaças físicas e espirituais, problemas comunitários e pessoais, em todo o mundo e em nossa Terra Santa.
Para mais material e doações, por favor contate:
EUA:  Survival/Mikva=Tikva, Imanuel Ravad –ראב"ד, 1360 – 44 St. Brooklyn, NY 11219.
Israel: Imanuel Ravad, Shmaya St. 20, Bne-Brak 5132703.
Reino Unido: I. Ravad 56 Northumberland St. Salford M7 4DG.
Bélgica: Dayan A.J. Grosz, Mercator Str.40, Antwerp 2018. | 12 de Tevet de 5777 – (10.01.17).

For Our Survival 23/01/2017

Ain Braira - אין ברירה  There is No Choice - Every Person and Each Mikva Must Be a Center to Mikva Educate Every Yid! Why? Our People and our Holy-Land are under physical and spiritual threat.
90% of Yidden worldwide do not observe Mikva! 30% never even heard about the concept!
The problem is not lack of Mikvas or funds to build them, but lack of Mikva Education!
   90% do not attend shul even on Yom Kippur!
   Europe: 85% Intermarriage.
   USA: We lost One Million Yidden in the last 4 years! 80% Intermarriage.
   Our Holy-Land is currently the world's only country under open threat of nuclear annihilation.
   We cannot deny a connection between the problems! What must we do?
Ain Braira:  We must educate every Yid around the world about Mikva! Why? Among a host of reasons:
1. Each one has the same reasons to Mikva immerse as Adam – the first human-being, whose first act after he sinned, was a repentance Mikva Immersion, (Pirkay d'Rabi Eliezer 14-20).
2. Prophet Yirmiyahu, (14:8, Sanhedrin 94): "Mikva is a source of Jewish Salvation," greatly depended on our entire people observing it.
3. Prophet Yeshayahu, (1:15,16,Targum): After a repentance Mikva immersion, we have a better chance that Hashem will listen, accept & answer our prayers with merci & compassion.
4. "Sin defiles! Therefore: Repentance requires purification from the sin!" (Tehilim 51:4, Or Zaru'a 1.40.112).  "Immersion for Repentance!" (Magen-Avraham, Orach Chayim 606:4).
5. Until the mental maturity age of 20, every child, like a monkey imitate the social milieu.
Hence, every Jewish boy, needs a Torah education and supervision from age 5 until age 20.
Stopping it before, risks losing the Torah educational investment, since the youngster adapts himself to his social milieu.
If he lives among non-Jews he will act like them.  (Avot 5:21, shmot 30:14, Rashi).
Sadly, nowadays, most Yidden do not Torah educate their boys due to 15 years of high tuition cost and a host of other reasons.
Their children attend public-schools and get married to the non-Jewish pals, since they are easier to get, as their parents urge them "catch" a smart & rich "Jewish boy," who does not get drunk.
The easiest & most effective solution to curb the intermarriage holocaust & at minimal expense, is: to Mikva educate every Yid! Since during Mikva immersion, without air to breath, we instinctively connect to Hashem, after which we think, pray, live differently, inspired to learn Torah and then intermarriage cease to be an option.
Nowadays, men have no Torah obligation to immerse in a Mikva - however we are duty-bound, since beyond the resulting purity, Mikva immersion – "To stand Alone With G-d!" leads to a host of spiritual benefits, such as fear of Heaven, repentance, observance of Torah laws - where men immerse, Family Purity is strictly & fully observed & community life becomes more serious.
However, to reach all of our People, we need many activists in every place around the world.
Where & How may we recruit them?
Ain Braira: Every local Mikva committee must also become a Center for Mikva Education for the local and for far-flung Yidden who are sorely lacking in Mikva knowledge.
For all this, great sums of funding are needed.
Where and How may we raise them?
Ain Braira: There is no Choice! We pay 10% - 30% for the advertisement of each item we use or consume, likewise: Beyond the obligation of every Yid to support & labor for Mikva Education, we must ask, beseech & demand that each Mikva set aside 10% of its building and operating budget towards Mikva Education by their local committee.
This, along with the direct donations, will provide funding for ongoing dissemination of printed Mikva educational materials in every Yid's mail box & for additional activities.
It will certainly increase the number of users and thus also the Mikva's income.
With G-d's help: In the zechus of this tremendous mitzvah, we will certainly merit Yeshuos from our physical & spiritual threats, communal & personal problems, globally & in our Holy Land.
For additional materials and donations, please  contact: USA: Survival/Mikva=Tikva, Imanuel Ravad – ראב"ד, 1360 – 44 St. Brooklyn, NY 11219.
Israel: Imanuel Ravad, Shmaya St. 20, Bne-Brak 5132703.
UK: I. Ravad 56 Northumberland St. Salford M7 4DG.
Belgium: Dayan A.J. Grosz, Mercator Str.40, Antwerp 2018. | 12 Tevet  5777 – (1.10.017).

Tuesday, January 17

Terror in France. Terror in Israel

Terror in France. Terror in Israel.
This comes from the website of the ZF: "ZF UK - Zionist Federation As the world watched in horror as Paris came under assault in a coordinated attack by terrorists last night, people flooded to social media to find out what was happening and to offer their condolences. As always, however, a minority decided to peddle their baseless hate - with many people blaming 'Zionists' for the murders. Whenever any tragedy strikes, antisemites will always be ready with a Jewish conspiracy theory."
Many Israel supporters would have been struck by the apparent double standards of how different military campaigns against Islamist strongholds are treated.  My response to the above, is this:
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As is explicitly written: If you will follow My decrees and observe My commandments and perform them... I will provide peace in the land
Stop with all this nonsense and start learning and living about your heritage.  Once you commit to keeping the Torah,. all this will stop!

First published on 25 November 2015, on Jewish P.O.S.T. - the Jewish Voice for the People Of South Tottenham (now defunct).

Monday, January 16

Secrets of Chevron – The Cave of Machpelah – Part III

Article for the Month of Shvat

Secrets of Chevron – The Cave of Machpelah - Its Importance and Connection to Every Jew

Chapter 3

יעקב ולאה            יצחק ורבקה             אברהם ושרה              אדם וחוה   
Adam and Eve – Abraham and Sarah – Isaac and Rivka – Jacob and Leah

The forefathers and mothers were deserving and worthy of accompanying Adam and Eve.

For many years, G-d prevented Sarah from conceiving until the moment when G-d made a covenant with Abraham and the Jewish nation by means of circumcision; in order to ensure that Isaac’s conception and that of every Jewish child will be at a high spiritual level from a circumcised father, who keeps the covenant with the Creator of the world, and from parents who observe the laws of family purity.

Abraham and Sarah were notified by the angels that they would bear a child within one year’s time, and in fact Isaac was born not 9 months after the circumcision but 12 months, in order to publicize that Sarah’s pregnancy[1] and the conception of Isaac began only after Abraham’s circumcision. That was one of the differences between Abraham’s two sons: Isaac and Ishmael. Ishmael was born prior to Abraham’s circumcision.

Abraham was the first to circumcise himself with his own hands according to G-d’s commandment and with devotion at the age of 99 without any experience and without any of the instruments at our disposal today. Only after the circumcision were Abraham and Sarah worthy of accompanying Adam and Eve.
Therefore, on the third day following his circumcision, 1117 years after Adam and Eve’s disappearance, G-d revealed the secret location of their burial.

For preparation of the meal for the three angels, Abraham ran after the cattle (in Hebrew בקר) – switching the letters around we get קבר (a grave).  And the calf led him to Me’Arat HaMachpelah where he found Adam and Eve, a candle lit at their feet and a pleasant fragrance, a sweet savor. He therefore desired Me’Arat HaMachpelah (The Cave of the Patriarchs) as his burial site.  Abraham understood the hint and kept the secret.

Sarah – serves as a virtuous example for the daughters of Israel for all generations in observance of the three unique mitzvos of the Jewish woman:
טהרת המשפחה        הדלקת נר                הפרשת חלה         
Separation of Challah    Candle Lighting     Family Purity

In order to spread the word around the world of Sarah’s complete observance of these mitzvos, G-d made miracles for her throughout her entire life, with Abraham.
Separation of Challah – the challah that she baked in honor of the Shabbat, from which she separated challah, remained fresh and lasted for all of her guests until the following Shabbat.
Candle Lighting – Sarah’s Shabbat candles remained lit, by miracle, the entire week.
Family Purity – (the mitzvah of primary importance) a mitzva that is done secretly, how did Sarah serve as an example? G-d said: the mitzva of family purity that is observed privately – and the house (or tent) is what distinguishes the married Jewish woman because “his house” is “his wife” I will publicize around the world, by means of the cloud of the Omnipresent that was permanently connected to Sarah’s tent.

The cloud served on a permanent basis and revealed to all as publicity that announced and told the world that in this house live Abraham and Sarah in a holy and pure manner as delineated by G-d to the people of Israel[2]. Even in the following generations, every Jewish married woman, who observes the mitzvah of family purity, G-d waves the banner of the symbol of the cloud of the Omnipresent that announces of the blessing and holiness that exists substantially in her family and her descendants. (Shabbat, BaMe Madlikim 2, 6)

“And Sarah Died in Chevron”
At that time, Abraham and Sarah lived in Be’er Sheva, so what was Sarah doing in Chevron? When she realized that Abraham and her only son, Isaac, suddenly “disappeared”, she was worried, and she went to the only place where she could pour out her heart in prayer: to Me’Arat HaMachpelah, where she, as Abraham’s wife also knew who was buried there[3], and when she found out through prophesy about “the Sacrifice of Isaac (Akeida)", she passed away in Chevron near the cave.
After the Akeida, Abraham returned to Be’er Sheva and did not find Sarah. He understood well where he had to look for her. He went to Chevron and found her there near the cave.
When he came to buy her a grave site, he could only consider one place: Me’Arat HaMachpela.
He purchased it from Chet’s children with gold in a written contract, to hold forever.
Abraham bought it publicly and in accordance with the laws of all the countries and left no reason to oppose the sale.
Had Chet’s children known of the contents of the cave they would have never sold it, they turned it into a goldmine.
Abraham kept the secret that was revealed to him alone by the Creator of the world even after Sarah’s burial. Even the Torah hides for whom Kiryat Arba was named and it is mentioned in the Medrash in a secretive manner, for four giants who were there.
Only Two More Pairs Were Worthy of Accompanying Adam and Eve
Isaac[4] (יצחק) of his own free will was prepared to sacrifice his life in order to fulfill
G-d’s command and thus he was elevated to an elite level of an “unblemished offering” and atoned for the sin of Adam who rebelled against the command of the Creator, which as a result all of his descendants until the end of time, are born with the foreskin defect.[5]
Rivka – reached the level of Sarah.
As long as Sarah was alive the candles lit from Shabbat to Shabbat, there was blessing in her bread dough, and the cloud of the Omnipresent remained over the tent. When Sarah died, all of this stopped. When Rivka arrived, they were restored!
Jacob – the Chosen of the Forefathers – His Image Was the Only One Selected to be Engraved under the Throne of Glory:
The father of the twelve tribes, whose bed was complete, is the epitome of self-control in his demeanor. He lived in Lavan’s house for 7 years prior to marrying his wives, and the day of his wedding, he was 84 years old. Since the events of his life caused him to marry Leah first, the only one of the 4 mothers who was not barren and immediately bore children, Jacob could declare that Reuven, his first-born son, is also the first-fruits of his strength, a fact that embodies complete self-control, maintaining holiness and purity in his life.
Therefore, the image of Jacob was as the exact image of Adam and his beauty was as Adam’s beauty whose face shone in the upper lights as he was created by G-d. Therefore, the image of Jacob is the only one engraved under the Throne of Glory.[6]
Leah – excelled in her power of prayer, she was the first in the world to thank G-d – when she bore Yehudah[7] she gave thanks: this time I thank G-d. In contrast to the “perfect” Rachel, she had to make an effort to perfect what was missing in her. She goes out to check up on the brothers, their deeds and their virtues, and she prays day and night to G-d for a righteous husband. And with the power of her prayers she precedes Rachel in marrying Jacob. Her eyes are ripe with tears, but looking deeply into them reveals a strong will and a determination to achieve what she wants from G-d. It was worth it for her, she merited 6 tribes from which came the priesthood, the Levites and the kingdom until the coming of the Moshiach. She lived for years with Jacob and she was buried next to him in Me’Arat HaMachpela.
The Forefathers Guard the Secret of Me’arat HaMachpela
Abraham did not reveal the secret of the cave to his son, Ishmael and to Eliezer. Isaac did not have the same inheritance issues as Ishmael, since ‘Ishmael repented and put Isaac ahead of himself”.
Isaac did not reveal the secret to Esav when he realized the righteousness of Jacob “May he be blessed” and the wickedness of Esav “see that Gehenom is open below him”, with Jacob, the scent of the Garden of Eden entered and with Esav, the scent of Gehenom.
When Jacob returned, he paid Esav for his portion of the cave. “Jacob made a pile of all the gold and silver he brought from Lavan’s house and said to Esav: take this for your portion of the cave” (Rashi 50:5)
In his final moments, Jacob asked his sons to bury him in Me’Arat HaMachpela and mentions the forefathers and mothers buried there and avoided telling the secret of Adam and Eve. This secret must be kept until the inheritance of the Land of Canaan when we can ensure the rest of those buried in Chevron.
Therefore, the day does not begin in the Holy Temple without mentioning Chevron. In order to let everyone know that the dawn has risen and that the time for the “Tamid” sacrifice has arrived, the priests announce “The light of the East has shone until Chevron” (Yoma 3:1) in spite of the fact that Chevron is not East of Jerusalem, but South.
In order to remember the virtues of the forefathers we mention Chevron.
The daylight is the light of the complete redemption, and is dependent upon the merits of those resting in Chevron!
By Rabbi I. Ravad, founder of the Mikveh – Tikvah organization
[1] הריון -pregnancy -its numerical value is 271 – the number of days of the pregnancy (Nidda 38)
[2] The mitzvah of immersion in the mikveh with every detail and meticulously is required by every married woman regardless of having given birth, and Sarah demonstrates the existence of this precept despite being barren for so many years.
[3] “She envisions a field and buys it” (Eyshet Chayil) – that was Sarah as she also desired to buy this field as their gravesite
[4] יצחק -  Milestones of his life are hidden in Isaac’s name:
י – Abraham was tested 10 times (י = 10), and the 10th was the sacrifice of Isaac (עקידת יצחק)
צ – Sarah was 90 when she bore Isaac (צ = 90)
ח – Isaac was the first to be circumcised on the eighth day (ח = 8)
ק – Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (ק= 100)
[5]  "וימל אברהם את יצחק בנו בן שמונת ימים"  (and Abraham circumcised his son on the eighth day) – an acronym using the last letters of 4 words is תקון (correction) – the act of circumcision is a correction.
The circumcision repairs the man’s body, and the observance of mitzvot repairs his internal completeness.
[6] Under the Throne of Glory are engraved an Ox – king of the animal, a lion – king of the beasts and an eagle – king of the fowl
[7] י ה ו ד ה – Yehuda – his name is made up of G-d’s name and the additional letter  ד- for דוד - David, the King Moshiach that will come from him.

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