Love of the Land

Love of the Land - The Merit System

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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


Why will Hashem not abandon His people Israel?

"For Hashem will not abandon His people," states one passage (Shmuel I 12:22), "because of His great Name."

But another passage (Tehillim 94:14) declares "Hashem will not abandon His people nor forsake His heritage."

When Jews in Eretz Yisrael are in trouble, Hashem promises not to abandon them because of their merits and the merit of their land which is called Hashem's heritage. But when Jews are outside of Eretz Yisrael Hashem has mercy on them so that His great Name, which is identified with them, will not be desecrated.

(Ruth Rabbah 2)

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