Zachor: The sanctity of Eretz Yisrael
By MOSHE DANN, The Jerusalem Post
December 5, 2014
The relationship between the Jewish People and Eretz Yisrael is a
fundamental component of Judaism.
These Torah-mandated laws which take effect at the end of a seven-year
cycle restrict Jews in Eretz Yisrael from agricultural work, even that
done in private gardens.....The sanctity of Eretz Yisrael does not come only from exercising control over it, but from recognizing that God alone is sovereign.
of redemption, our opportunity and obligation to transform the world.
Jewish nationhood. That dream did not begin with Theodor Herzl, or
with his successors.
Temple Mount, Judaism was recast; ritual became embodied in prayer.One of the critical elements of that common purpose is the constant focus on Eretz Yisrael and the Temple, symbols for the spiritual and physical wholeness of the Jewish People.
Israel in 1967 created a new context and opportunity for the Jewish
Jewish destiny, past and future.
Possession of Eretz Yisrael by the Jewish People confirms and is a
manifestation of God's presence and the purpose of the Jewish People.
That explains the very first Rashi in the Bible: when Jews are accused
of stealing Eretz Yisrael, they can respond that just as God created
the world, every nation received its land, including the Jewish
Not only is Eretz Yisrael holy, it gives and receives holiness, as if
it were alive; it stands for an awareness of God's presence, not only
as Land, but Being.
Activist emails sent to my list are L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) and Howard Chaim Grief great activists and lovers of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichronum Baruch. May their memories serve as a blessing.
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