Love of the Land

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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


"Let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not bring up the memory of Jerusalem at the peak of my joy." (Tehillim 137:6)

This is the source for breaking a glass at a wedding. It reminds us that our joy is not complete as long as the Beis Hamikdash has not yet been rebuilt. Another dimension is added by the great eighteenth century scholar, Rabbi Yonason Eybshutz of Prague, in his classic "Ya'arot Devash" (Drush 14).

Even if a Jew should have achieved all his heart's desires, he writes, it is incumbent on him to remember that he is still missing the most important ingredient for success as long as he is not in Eretz Yisrael, where he can achieve ultimate fulfillment and happiness.

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