Love of the Land

Love of the Land - Measure for Measure

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Love of the Land
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael


When the Prophet Chavakuk (3:6) spoke of Hashem "measuring the earth," this measuring, says Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, encompassed many things.

He measured all the nations and found only Israel worthy of receiving the Torah; all the generations and found only the generation which left Egypt worthy of receiving the Torah; all the mountains and found only Sinai worthy as the site for giving the Torah; all the cities and found only Jerusalem worthy of building the Beis Hamikdash in it.

Similarly, Hashem measured all the lands, and found only Eretz Yisrael worthy of being given to the People of Israel.

(Vayikra Rabbah 13)

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