Four times, in our parasha, God promises Abraham the land of Canaan: “To your seed I will give this land.” (Bereishit 12:7); later: “Raise your eyes and look out… for all the land you see, to you I will give it…(Bereishit 13:14-15); again later: “To your seed I have given this land from the river of Egypt…(Bereishit 15:17-18); and at the end: And I will give unto you and your seed after you the land in which you sojourn, the whole land of Canaan (Bereishit 17:7-8) Many detect that the borders of the land expand in each promise – and so it is for every attempt to acquire holiness, the way to succeed is to take one step at a time.