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The Land of Israel

Rabbi Yoel LiebermanIyyar 26, 5770
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Question
1. How do we know that the Land we call today Israel is the Land of Israel that is mentioned in the Bible? Maybe its not even the same place? 2. Moreover why is it so important? That is: - Either it is just rocks and sand and than it is completely meaningless. If it is meaningless you can all go leaving somewhere else. In fact if it is indeed just rocks and sand - then it means that giving it further meaning qualifies as Idolatry. - The other option is that there is some underlying spiritual content to this land. If so - maybe we should emphasis it. Maybe if we would do a good enough job we would be able to convince others that we are right (currently they many people do not look convinced and I think that it is posing a few problems for everybody) Would love to hear answers. Best Wishes Shlomo
Answer
Eretz Yisrael is the land promised by G-D to Avraham our forefather with the intention that his children, we, the Bnei Yisrael fulfill a life of Torah here. In all the exiles never has Land of Israel been totally abandoned by the Jewish people. We have never ceased with our longing for Eretz Yisrael and Jews all over the world at the end of the Seder and at the end of our prayers on Yom Kippur we proclaimed "Next Year in Jerusalem." We pray 3 times a day "Gather our exiled" etc. There has always been a Jewish presence though it may have been small. The true place for torah and mitzvah fulfillment is only in Eretz Yisrael. Though over the generations we have great torah scholars all over the world, G-D intended us to be here. We do not worship the land, but the Divine Presence dwells therein and influences us spiritual
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