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Eretz Yisrael: The Place to Learn and Live the Torah

1. If the Torah is a sefer of mitzvot, why does the Torah start with Creation and not the first mitzvah?
2. How does Rashi's answer that G-d gave the Land to Am Yisrael answer the question?

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Just like the correct location and requirements are needed for the vineyard to grow grapes properly, also the Land of Israel and fulfilling mitzvot are necessary for Am Yisrael.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The Purity of Eretz Yisrael

1. Where did the dove find the olive leaf?
2. How does Rashi's answer that G-d gave the Land to Am Yisrael answer the question?

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The dove found the olive leaf in the Land of Israel. The Land was not affected by the Flood. Eretz Yisrael is the Holy Land, which does not require spiritual cleansing. The Land expels sinners.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Brit VeTorah BeBirkat Haaretz

Why are Brit Mila and Torah study the mitzvot that facilitate dwelling within the Land?

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1. Brit mila and Torah study are especially great mitzvot, therefore, dwelling in the Land is connected to them.
2. Brit mila and Torah study make Am Yisrael a Godly nation, and as such we merit the Godly Land.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The importance of the mizbeach for the world

Does the mizbeach only have significance for Am Yisrael or is it also relevant to the entire world?

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While the Beit Hamikdash is unique to Am Yisrael as a result of the akeida, the mizbeach has universal significance since it has its own inherent sanctity from the beginning of time.

Presenter:

Nachshon Vered

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The Virtue of Burial in Eretz Yisrael

What is the significance of burial in Eretz Yisrael?

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1. A person prefers to be buried in a place that belongs to him, so burial in the Land is a statement that it belongs to the people of Israel. 2. The Land of Israel is holy. When a person is buried in the Land, his body crumbles into dust and becomes sanctified.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

Eretz Yisrael: the Place of the Shechina and of Blessing

Where can the Shechina be found? In Eretz Yisrael or wherever Am Yisrael resides?

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The Shechina never leaves Am Yisrael. When Am Yisrael is exiled, the Shechina goes into exile with them. However, there is a substantive difference between the inspiration of the Shechina in the Land and outside her.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The Angels of Eretz Yisrael

Why can't the same angels protect Yaakov whether in Eretz Yisrael or outside the Land?

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1. Different places convey different spiritual influences. Service of God outside the Land is on the level of "Shun evil". In contrast, Divine service in the Land is on the level of “Do good”.
2. Angels are an allegory for Divine Providence. In Eretz Yisrael, God’s providence over Yaacov was complete, therefore he dwelt in tranquility. Outside the Land, God’s providence is less; Yaacov was saved from danger, but was suffering.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

A Portion in Eretz Yisrael is like having a Portion of the World to Come

Why is land ownership in Eretz Yisrael comparable to having holdings in the World to Come?

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The connection to the Land of Israel binds the individual soul with the collective soul of Israel, so the individual soul merits life which death does not rule.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

Strengthening the connection between the Nation & the Holy Land

According to the Netziv, what is the importance for the Avot to settle the Land?

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1. The mission of the Avot was to establish a holy nation in the holy Land for the Shechina to be manifest.
2. The Land has a unique quality to facilitate achieving purity and spiritual advancement, more than any other land.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

Everything that happened to Yoseph happened to Zion

According to the midrash, what is the connection between Yoseph and Zion?

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1. Yoseph and Zion each has a role in connection with Am Yisrael: Yoseph as the sustainer; Zion as the leader of Israel thru Torah.
2. Yoseph loved Eretz Yisrael which created a special closeness and similarity between them.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The Israelites’ Achiza (Holdings) in Egypt

Why did the Israelites choose to settle more permanently in Egypt?

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1. The Israelites initially received excellent conditions when they settled in Egypt and therefore extended their stay.
2. The land of Egypt held onto the Israelites and influenced their self-identity.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rabbi Mordechai Gershon

The Importance of Burial Within the Land of Israel

Why was it important for Yaakov to be buried in Eretz Yisrael?

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1. Since resurrection will take place only within Eretz Yisrael, those buried abroad will have to endure the suffering of reaching the Land.
2. Burial in the Land connects the departed to the Land and to the nation with an eternal bond.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

To a land flowing milk and honey

In Moshe Rabbeinu's first encounter with God, why are the physical traits of the Land emphasized?

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1. The physical abundance and quality of life in the Land allow its residents to serve God in a complete manner, without worries or distress.
2. Due to the Land’s great sanctity, it has the ability to rectify sins and bring to holiness, as the quality of milk and honey.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Acquiring Eretz Yisrael thru “Morasha”

What is the meaning of the word Morasha?

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Morasha conveys the concept of an inheritance that requires effort to achieve. Torah and the Land are examples of Morasha that can only be acquired though effort.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

As if the Land Were Given to You Today

Why does the Torah want us to refrain from relating to the Land as an inheritance?

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1. One must relate to the Land as something gained today with joy and not as something which one is used to having.
2. The value of the Land is eternal and therefore beyond the restrictions of time. Therefore, it is to be seen as a gift received today.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Goal – Eretz Yisrael

What brought the Israelites to think of Eretz Yisrael and the Beit Hamikdash in the Song of the Sea?

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1. Splitting the Red Sea was the completion of the redemption from Egypt and brought the Israelites to reflect on their goal in life.
2. Am Yisrael achieved the level of prophecy, which brought them to reflect their ideals and Eretz Yisrael is the most sublime spiritual ideal.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Honoring Parents and Eretz Yisrael

The reward for honoring parents is length of days in the Land of Israel. Why?

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1. Honoring parents is a Divine mitzva, therefore the reward is expressed in G-d’s Land and within His nation.
2. Honoring parents stems from recognizing one’s roots and Am Yisrael’s national roots have been in the Land.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Am Yisrael’s development and Shalosh Regalim

What is the a connection between the Shalosh Regalim and the seasons in the Land of Israel?

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1. The changing seasons reflect the national and spiritual development of Am Israel and the nation’s connection to God.
2. The connection of Am Yisrael and the Land allows the Land to feel her children’s experiences where each development has an impact on the Land.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Eretz Yisrael – the Center of the World

How do we understand that the Land of Israel is the exact center of the world, according the the Zohar?

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1. It is the heart of life – vitality reaches the world specifically through Eretz Yisrael, as the heart pumps blood to the body’s organs.
2. The physical Eretz Yisrael has a special equilibrium, that requires it be at the center of the world.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Beit Hamikdash Enlightens the World

How do we understand the midrash that explains that the Beit Hamikdash, the Holy Temple, enlightens the world?

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Light allows one to accurately perceive reality. The Beit Hamikdash is a spiritual lighthouse for all of reality.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Eternal Bond with the Land

How do we understand the Netziv that the Land of Israel will be an eternal possession of Am Yisrael even when Am Yisrael is in exile?

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The connection between the Land and Am Yisrael is based upon spiritual links which cannot be severed by the physical removal of Am Yisrael from its Land.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Unity of Israel Within Eretz Yisrael

What is the special connection between Am Yisrael and the Land of Israel?

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1. Realizing the value of Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael unites in order to protect the Land.
2. Eretz Yisrael itself unites opposites, as all holy things bridge the gap between the extremes of contradictory things.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Heavenly Eretz Yisrael

What is the significance that the earthly Mishkan is located opposite the heavenly one?

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The Heavenly Eretz Yisrael and the earthly Land can be compared to soul and body. The force which gives the Land vitality is that which gives her the aspects of life which are suited to her unique material aspect.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Shelamim Brings Peace to Am Yisrael and to the World

Why does the Peace Offering specifically bring peace?

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1. The shelamim offering exerted a special subliminal influence, which created harmony among the various forces within the world.
2. Since all: alter, kohen, the person bringing the korban, partake of the shelamim, it reveals that they are all connected to sanctity.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

The Perpetual Sacrifice and Building Jerusalem

Why is the building up of Jerusalem and Zion dependent upon the Olah sacrifice?

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Jerusalem shares the core characteristics of the Tamid which are: perpetual and communal.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Beit HaMikdash (Temple) and Mishkan (Tabernacle)

What are the similarities and differences between the Mishkan and the Beit Hamikdash?

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The Mishkan and Beit HaMikdash function identically, to facilitate God’s ability to dwell within Am Yisrael. The Mishkan is wherever they may be. The Beit HaMikdash, as its name represents, is God's house,dwelling place, on earth.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Three Camps of Holiness

What is the significance for Am Yisrael to be divided into three camps (Kohen, Levy, Yisrael)?

Q
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The division into camps reflects the distinction between sanctity of life, moral traits and social life.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Revealing the Good Hidden Within the Bad

Why do the laws of tzara’at of houses apply exclusively in Eretz Yisrael?

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It was only in the Land of Israel that treasures were hidden in the walls of houses and finding these treasures required destroying the houses. Am Yisrael has the task revealing the good hidden within the bad and turning evil into good. This is the unique power of Eretz Yisrael.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Pesach and Eretz Yisrael

What special connection is there between Pesacḥ and the Land of Israel?

Q
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Both Pesacḥ and Eretz Yisrael are for Am Yisarel to remember all the miracles that God did, and that God continues to supervise and run the world in every matter.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Why Sexual Abominations causes exile from the Land

Why from all the serious sins, sexual abominations causes exile from the Land?

Q
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Disrespecting the marital covenant will lead to disrespecting the covenant between God and Am Yisrael, and this is something the Land cannot tolerate.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Eretz Yisrael Lacks Nothing

What is the special connection between the pepper tree and the Land of Israel?

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The Land of Israel is like the pepper tree where the tree and its fruit have the same taste. This gives a sense of pleasantness not only in the end, but also in the means.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Omer Offering and Two Loaves of Bread Only from Eretz Yisrael Grain

Why are the Omer and Two Loaves brought exclusively from the grain of the Land Of Israel?

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These sacrifices only come from the grain of the Land, since the whole matter of the Torah is expressed in a complete way only in the Land of Israel.

Presenter:

Yedidya Shendorfy

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Instilling Belief and Faith in God

Why does the posuk mention “When you enter the Land” in connection with shemitta?

Q
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Upon entry into the Land, the open miracles ceased; Am Yisrael now functioned on a natural level. In the new conditions, it was important to internlize that everything comes from God.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Blessings of Eretz Yisrael when doing the Mitzvot

Why would observance of mitzvot yield rewards like rain and produce?

Q
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When the mitzvot are done properly, we may trust that we will receive God’s blessings as a sign of His love for us, and that these blessings will come in the most pleasant manner, and appropriate time.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Significance of Six Hundred Thousand Israelites

In Parashat Bamidbar, why does God request the counting of Am Yisrael?

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It was necessary to count Am Yisrael prior to entering the Land. Six hundred thousand represents Am Yisrael in its completeness, since this number is complete in all its factors. Thus, this number of Israelites is required in order to sanctify Eretz Yisrael, to have the Shechina rest within her and to bring the complete redemption.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Yedidya Solomon

Revelation of the Essence of G-d’s Name

Why was the Name of God pronounced as written only in the Temple?

Q
A

In the Beit HaMikdash, the Shem haMeforash was pronounced as written; since it is the place where God’s essence is felt.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Unity and Remembering G-d in Trouble and Rejoicing

Why in Beha'alotcha, trumpets are blown at a war, while in Ki Teitzei the victory at war is not dependent upon the trumpets?

Q
A

One should take the initiative in battle and not await the enemy’s attack within the Land.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

Rebellion Against God and Against Eretz Yisrael

Why was the Nation of Israel punished so severely for the sin of the spies?

Q
A

Since the connection between God and the nation can be fully realized only in the Land, rejecting the Land is the equivalent of rejecting God.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Portion of the Leviim

Why didn't the Levites receive
an inheritance in the Land of Israel?

Q
A

The Levites are the “King’s Legion” and it is therefore appropriate that their livelihood should be provided for them, without the need for them to work hard.

Presenter:

Nir Shaul

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Why Moshe Did Not Enter Eretz Yisrael

Why was Moshe's punishment for hitting the rock, not entering the Land of Israel?

Q
A

Moshe is compared to the sun, while Yehoshua to the moon. Unlike the sun, which blocks the light of the stars, when the moon shines at night, the light of the stars is visible. Similarly, moderated leadership is needed in the Land.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Ya’akov and Yisrael – Two Levels

Why is the name Yaakov associated with tents and the name Israel with dwellings?

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A

The quality of Ya’akov allows the nation to survive in times of suffering . The quality of Yisrael allows the nation to reach the level of authority to declare God’s name.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Dividing Eretz Yisrael by Lottery

Why is the division of the Land of Israel to be done by a lot?

Q
A

God, who created the world, recognized which tribe is a match for a given portion of the Land. The tribal division by lottery indicates that this essential connection is God given and above human understanding.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

For The Sake Of God And Am Yisrael

Why did the tribes of Reuven and Gad stress that they would go ahead of the Israelites when going to battle to conquer the Land?

Q
A

Reuven and Gad offered to go ahead of the Israelites out of recognition of their moral responsibility to share the responsibilty of the battles to conquer the Land.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Do Not Corrupt the Land

1. How does the Land of Israel get corrupted?
2. What is the meaning of God dwelling in the Land and amongst Israelites?

Q
A

God brought Am Yisrael to the Land to be holy. The opposite of this purpose is bloodshed, which ends a life and prevents manifestation of the Shechina. This would indicate that the Land does not impart wisdom. This would make the Land require atonement.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Yedidya Solomon

Caution from Sinning in Eretz Yisrael

Should one fear or not fear sinning in the Land of Israel?

Q
A

One who lives in the Land with the intention of fulfilling mitzvot, will merit Divine assistance in fulfilling all mitzvot and in succeeding in settling the Land.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Difference in Sanctity West and East of Jordan River

Why was it so important for Moshe Rabeinu to enter the west side of the Jordan River?

Q
A

There are two sanctities; the sanctity of the Shechina and that of mitzvot; the Shechina is limited to western Eretz Yisrael, while the latter applies on both sides of the Jordan.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Satiated Physically and Spiritually from the Fruit of the Land

Why was it important to describe the blessed physical qualities of the Land of Israel?

Q
A

Eating the fruit of the Land not only satiates one, but also elevates him spiritually and brings him closer to G-d.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Importance of Border Towns Protecting Eretz Yisrael

Why are border cities in the Land of Israel exempt from the punishment of "Ir HaNidachat"?

Q
A

The mitzva of Ir haNidaḥat does not apply to border towns in order to prevent the destruction or conquest of the Land.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

The Eternal Allocation of Land in Eretz Yisrael

Why does the prohibition of taking one’s fellow’s land apply only in the Land of Israel?

Q
A

In Eretz Yisrael, property rights are eternal, being passed from father to son throughout the generations, while outside the Land, the rights are temporary.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Mitzvot-God’s Royal Decrees or Prescriptions or Both?

In Parashat Ki Teizei, the Torah mentions what the Israelite soldier needs to do for the 'Yefat Toar' to be his wife. If the soldier did what was required, why will ultimately he will hate her and she will bear a rebellious son?

Q
A

Outside Eretz Yisrael, one fulfills mitzvot because they are God’s decrees. In the Land, there is also the connection between mitzvot and objective goodness, like a doctor's instructions.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Bikurim-Rectification of the Sin of the Spies

1. What is the purpose of the mitzvah of bikurim?
2. Why does the Torah add 'in his time'?

Q
A

1. Bringing bikurim to a kohain and the bikurim recitation are rectification for the sin of the spies.
2. Giving bikurim to a kohain in his time constitutes rectification of the sin against Moshe and Aaron.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Mutual Responsibility in Eretz Yisrael

According to Rashi, why does the Israelites’ mutual responsibility begin upon entering the Land of Israel?

Q
A

It is the Land of Israel that creates the special connection between individual Israelites to the collective Israel and to the fulfillment of Torah.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Mitzvat “Hakhel” -Connecting Am Yisrael to Hashem

1. Why does Hakhel occur on Sukkot following the Shemita year?
2. Why are the children required to come?

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A

1. The timing is intended to strengthen Am Yisrael spiritually prior to returning to its agricultural work. 2. Even though the children are too young to understand the reading of the Torah, the gathering is uplifting and leaves a positive impression.

Presenter:

Shilo Hagar

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

The Special Quality of Moshe Rabbeinu’s Vision

Why does God request Moshe to ascend Mount Nevo to see the Land? Would it not cause him pain since he cannot enter?

Q
A

Moshe’s vision infused a spiritual charge into the material aspects of the Land so that the Land can achieve higher sanctity through Am Yisrael's practical work and toil.

Presenter:

Yehuda Gold

Writer:

Rav Eli Ozarowski

Sukkot: Difference in Emunah between Am Yisrael & Other Nations

During the holiday of Sukkot, one lives in a Sukkah and during the time of the Beit Hamikdash, 70 bulls were sacrificed for the 70 nations. What is the connection between the two?

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Living in a sukkah, a temporary home, shows Am Yisrael's faith in G-d. The sacrifices in the Beit Hamikdash were to rectify the sin of the Tower of Bavel, because the nations had rebelled against God.

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Rav Moshe Davis

In God’s Mountain “It” Shall be Seen

Why did Avraham name the place of the akeida “God shall see"?

Q
A

1. Avraham requested that in the future God should remember the merit of the akeida and save Israel from its travails.
2. Avraham’s request was that God should see that from that day forward, the true will of his spiritual descendants is to serve God. The self-sacrifice of Avraham was instilled within the soul of the Nation of Israel.

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

Why is there a Second Day of Holiday

Is the second day of Yom Tov in the Diaspra instituted out of uncertainty or for a deeper reason?

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1. The second day of Yom Tov was instituted as a result of uncertainty of which day is the actual day of Yom Tov.
2. Two days of Yom Tov outside the Land of Israel are necessary to achieve the spiritual enlightenment which can be reached in a single day within the Land.

Presenter:

Yaakov Karmon

Writer:

Rav Mordechai Gershon

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