Genesis 23:19
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19  And then Avraham buried his wife Sara in the cave of the field of Machpelah, facing Mamre—now Chevron—in the land of Canaan.

v’-a-kha-ray KHAYN ka-VAR av-ra-HAM et sa-RAH ish-TO el m’-a-RAT s’-DAY ha-makh-pay-LAH al p’-NAY mam-RAY HEE khev-RON b’-E-retz k’-NA-an

יט  וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן קָבַר אַבְרָהָם אֶת־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֶל־מְעָרַת שְׂדֵה הַמַּכְפֵּלָה עַל־פְּנֵי מַמְרֵא הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן׃

 23:19   Now Chevron

The names of many Israeli cities have profound sigificance. According to a Midrash quoted by the Ramban, the Hebrew name for Hebron, ‘Chevron (חברון), is a contraction of the word chaver (חבר), ‘friend,’ and the word na-eh (נאה) ‘beloved.’ Thus, the very name of the city of Chevron alludes to its most famous resident Avraham, who was the first beloved friend of the Lord, as Hashem says in Sefer Yeshayahu (41:8), “Seed of Avraham My friend.”

Israeli soldiers descending the stairs in front of the Cave of Patriarchs in Chevron.

Kiryat Arba with Chevron in the background

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