Frequently Asked Questions
1. How big is 4 Amot / Cubits? Why is “Four” a size repeatedly mentioned in the Talmud?
The generally accepted measurement of 4 Amot / Cubits is 2 meters (6 1/2 feet). We are offering a portion of 1.5 x 1.5 meter (5ft x 5ft) in size because the diagonal on a 1.5 meter square is 2.15 meters. The significance of 4 Amot in the Talmud relates to it being enough land for burial. Basically a permanent home after a long and healthy life of 120 years, God willing. To be clear, our land is agricultural, and no one can be buried there.
2. I’m visiting Israel Can I visit the field and the lot I purchased?
You can surely visit the field. It is located in Yavne’el, about a 2.5 hour drive north of Jerusalem. You will need a 4 x 4 to access the field. Please contact us in advance, or view the link below.
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Since we are dividing the square footage of the field by the number of 4 Amot lots in it, and then making that number availble for purchase, you own interest in the field collectively with the other buyers. We do have an internal map and grid of the field with your specific numbered lot, but it is not delineated on the property since it is being used for agriculture. This method is preferable for Halakha since you get credit for everything grown on the field, not just what is on any specific 1.5m x 1.5m lot. If you so wish, we can de-lineate your lot for you. You would assume all responsibility for the lot, including the mitzvoth or lack there of, under this scenario. Please contact us for further details.
3. Can I buy a lot in the memory of a deceased loved one?
Certainly. Although you can not give a physical gift to the deceased, this one comes with the benefit of mitzvoth and a connection to the land attached to it, so it is fine to purchase.
PLEASE CONSULT YOUR RABBINIC AUTHORITY
4. How can you be selling the land for only $360?
Our goal in doing this was to make it SIMPLE & AFFORDABLE. This is accomplished via “Contractual Rights Between The Parties”. Basically, the agricultural land is owned by an Israeli corporation, O.T.H.L. Israel Ltd. (OTHL stands for Own The Holy Land), which then assigns you interest and rights in the land via contract and numbered certificate. The transaction is legally binding according to the terms of the contract. The land can also be recorded in the State Land registry if you are willing to go through the added time and expenses of doing so. Registering it would require, amongst other things, additional legal fees, a trip to the Israeli consulate, execution of new legal documents, and hiring an attorney in Israel. Since this is not a financial investment, but a spiritual one for the benefit of the Mitzvoth attached to possessing Holy Land, “Contractual Right” is perfectly acceptable from the point of view of Halakha (a Kinyon Kesef) since it comes with a contract and rights specified for the buyer in the contract. Recording the transaction would not provide any apparent benefit from the perspective of Halakha and the Mitzvoth. A good and common analogy is when someone buys a burial plot in a cemetery for thousands of dollars. Transfer of the ownership of that individual plot is not recorded in the State Land records. The cemetery is still the owner of record. They then assign that plot to the buyer via Contractual Right.
5. What will you be growing there?
The field was recently plowed. After Succoth, and the first good winter rain fall, we plan on planting wheat and Olive trees. Our goal here is maximizing the number of mitzvoth to the buyers.
6. Is this like buying a “star” in space?
Ha Ha…. No. We have documentation from the state stating we own the land. When someone get’s documentation from an official government source that they own the star, then we can talk about it. Until then, it’s a poor argument.
7. How do I know your are not selling the same plot over, over, and over?
Firstly, we own a specified square footage of land. We then divide that number by the square footage of the lots we are selling, and then issue legally binding numbered certificates. We pay V.A.T. to the state on every transaction, and are under contract with a reputable accounting firm. Secondly, we are God fearing and have endorsements from reputable rabbis who personally know us (view endorsements). Thirdly, we try to be as transparent as possible, as exemplified by these F.A.Q.