Who May Own Land in Israel

One final point from פרשת ואתחנן. At the end of the Parsha, we have the words, לא תחנם. Rashi translates these words as saying לא תיתן להם חניה בארץ. We translate this to mean that we are not allowed to give idol worshippers ownership of land of any size in Eretz Yisrael. There are many instances brought in the Talmud where it is important to liberate lands that were confiscated from Jews by various oppressive groups passing through Israel Those who are permitted to own land in Israel included the גר תושב who we might today call a Noachide as he observes the Seven Noachide Laws. He has also abandoned idolatry. The גר צדק who takes upon himself all 613 Mitzvot as well as a born Jew may also have the privilege of owning land in Israel.