The Tomb of the Patriarchs -The Macpelah Cave (Genesis 23)

 

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The colorful sky, warm and vibrant at sunset, spills across and embraces the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Imbued with G-d’s love, the spirits of Abraham and Sarah lovingly watch over the Macpelah cave. “…And Sarah was 127 years old: these were the years of Sarah. And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba that is Hebron in the land of Canaan…” The Torah portion, Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23 begins with the history of Abraham’s purchase of the macpelah cave in Hebron, procured to bury his wife, Sarah. Abraham insisted on paying the Hittite, Efron son of Tzohar, for the cave, paying him 400 shekels of silver.
Ellen Miller Braun inscribed Genesis 23 using Hebrew micro calligraphy to create a magnificent sunset, richly illuminating the walls of Judaism’s most holy burial site. The text is repeated six times, once each for Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah—our Patriarchs and Matriarchs who are buried there.

After burying the Matriarch Sarah, this passage describes at length, how Abraham searches for a wife for Isaac to continue the promised covenant of G-d. It follows with the betrothal and marriage of Isaac and Rebecca. Towards the end of this chapter, at the age of 175, the Patriarch Abraham passes away and is laid to rest in the Macpelah cave along with his beloved wife, the Matriarch Sarah. Still standing today, this World Heritage sight, Hebron, is a testament to G-d’s love for his people.