20 Thus the field with its cave passed from the Hittites to Avraham, as a burial site.
va-YA-kom ha-sa-DEH v’-ha-m’-a-RAH a-sher BO l’-av-ra-HAM la-a-khu-zat KA-ver may-AYT b’-nay KHAYT
23:20 Passed from the Hittites to Avraham, as a burial site
At the time of Sara’s death, Avraham had been living in the Land of Israel for over sixty years, yet this is the first mention of him actually purchasing land. Rabbi Moshe Lichtman, in his book Eretz Yisrael in the Parasha, notes that purchasing the land for Sara’s burial highlights the fundamental truth that one must sacrifice for Eretz Yisrael. It was only after Avraham experienced the hardship of the loss of his wife that he acquired his first piece of property. Lest this be discouraging, Jewish tradition teaches that “the reward is proportionate to the effort” (Ethics of the Fathers, 5:26). Because of the great sacrifice and effort the Jewish people have made in reclaiming Eretz Yisrael, we can be assured that the reward will likewise be great.