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For the week ending 26 May 2012 / 4 Sivan 5772

Remembering the Land

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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"And I will remember the Land."

This promise of G-d which will be read at the conclusion of the Torah portion of this Shabbat is a great source of consolation for Jews throughout the Diaspora and for the ones already residing in Israel.

After Jews who have been subjected to all the travails of exile repent their sins, they will be worthy of being returned to the land promised to their forefathers and there live in peace and prosperity. It is interesting to note the point made by one of the commentaries which reflects on the troubles Israeli citizens have with hostile Arab neighbors. He notes that once Jews have proven their spiritual right to the land, the holiness of the land will not tolerate the presence of other nations in it, for then G-d will fulfill His promise to make the Land of Israel the home of only the People of Israel forever.

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