Judges 9:1
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1  Avimelech son of Yerubaal went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem and spoke to them and to the whole clan of his mother’s family. He said,

va-YAY-lekh a-vee-ME-lekh ben y’-ru-BA-al sh’-KHE-mah el a-KHAY i-MO vai-da-BAYR a-lay-HEM v’-el kol mish-PA-khat bayt a-VEE i-MO lay-MOR

א  וַיֵּלֶךְ אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בֶּן־יְרֻבַּעַל שְׁכֶמָה אֶל־אֲחֵי אִמּוֹ וַיְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם וְאֶל־כָּל־מִשְׁפַּחַת בֵּית־אֲבִי אִמּוֹ לֵאמֹר׃

 9:1   Avimelech son of Yerubaal went to his mother’s brothers in Shechem

The city of Shechem appears many times in the Bible. Yaakov purchases part of the city (Genesis 33:18-20) and later gives it as a special gift to his son Yosef (ibid. 49:22-26). Later, when the Children of Israel enter the Land of Israel, they bury Yosef in Shechem. Other important sites in Israel were also acquired via purchase, such as the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim (II Samuel 24) and the cave of Machpelah in Chevron (Genesis 23). The Rabbis explain that because of the public nature of these sales, the entire world must recognize Jewish ownership over these three cities.

Jewish men praying on the hills overlooking Shechem.

Tomb of Yosef in Shechem

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