Hi… It’s me. Benny.
Now came the time for Avraham to take care of Sarah’s burial. Avraham knew that Sarah’s burial place must be very special. He wanted to buy the Me’aras HaMachpeilah – a very holy place, where the very first man and woman, Adam and Chavah, were buried.
A man named Efron owned the cave. Avraham quickly approached him and stated, “I understand you own this cave. You see, my wife Sarah, a great woman, passed away and this is the place I wish to bury her. I am willing to pay full price.”
Efron responded, “No problem! You can have it for free.”
However, Avraham did not want the land as a gift. “No deal! I want to buy the Me’aras HaMachpeilah. Just name the price,” Avraham replied.
“Well, all right then. If you insist. The price is 400 silver Shekels,” said Efron.
Within a blink of the eye, Avraham agreed to the deal, and handed over 400 silver Shekels, in front of the entire community of Efron. Now, there would be no question about the ownership of Me’aras HaMachpeilah.
It would forever belong to Bnei Yisrael!
Why did Avraham insist on buying the Me’aras HaMachpeilah, and for so much money, if Efron offered it to him for free?
Avraham realized that this place is very important for the Jewish Nation. After all, it was there that he was going to bury Sarah, the mother of our people. In his wisdom, he did not want anyone else to claim a right to the land, so he paid Efron whatever he asked for, no matter how expensive.
A wise decision, indeed!
Wow! 400 Shekels! That was some hefty price tag. Back in the days of Avraham, that was how much most people earned in 50 YEARS!
Bottom line, Avraham paid millions of dollars for the Me’aras HaMachpeilah. And to think, just a minute earlier, Efron had offered it for free!
Me’aras HaMachpeilah in Chevron is not your typical looking cave – a lot has changed since Avraham bought it. There’s plenty of steps to climb to get inside its three rooms – Ohel Avraham, Ohel Yitzchak, and Ohel Ya’akov.
Actually, this building was built around 2,000 years ago by King Herod, King of Judea and it’s the place where over 300,000 Jews come annually to pour their hearts out in prayer.