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Mizmor Hodu: Understanding Chevel, Nachala & Land of Canaan
1. What is the meaning of cḥevel (portion, also meaning rope) and nacḥala (inheritance)?
2. Being the holiest Land, why does the posuk use the phrase: the land of Canaan?
1. The Land of Canaan refers to the material and mundane aspects, while “cḥevel” relates to connecting these aspects to spiritual level and “nacḥala” implies the source of all goodness and blessings.
2. Since the Land of Israel is the source of holiness and blessing, it is the place to elevate the material and the mundane.
The Fruits of Eretz Yisrael
What makes the produce of the Land of Israel so special?
The fruit of the Land draws from the sanctity of the Shechina that resides in the Land. Thus, one who eats of the fruits is also influenced by the sanctity of the Land.
Bircat Hamazon Eating Within the Land of Israel
Why is the Land of Israel mentioned when we thank G-d for providing our food?
Just as food sustains on the physical level, the Land sustains on the spiritual level.
God’s Choice of Abraham and the Promise of the Land
Since God is omnipotent and fulfills His promises, what is the significance of God's Covenant with Avraham in giving the Land of Israel?
The covenant is an expression of the deep connection between God and His nation which is realized with the covenant.
God’s choice and desire for Zion
What is the significance of the name Zion?
Zion is the spiritual vessel which vitalizes the Land of Israel. God desires the Land of Israel since it is the dwelling place for His Shechina in this world.
Shir haMa’alot and the Sanctity of Eretz Yisrael
Why, before reciting Grace after meals, do we recite Shir HaMaalot which reminds us of Zion?
The connection between means and ends of a process and to make all the travails seems as but a dream, is what Eretz Yisrael is all about.
Eretz Yisrael Atones for Am Yisrael
In the Shabbat Musaf Tefilah Av Harachamim, why is it appropriate to mention the Land of Israel?
The Land’s destruction and desolation achieves atonement for Am Yisrael's sins.
Righteous and Non-Righteous hasten the Redemption
The posuk in Navi says first redemption and then teshuva. The gemara explains first teshuva and then redemption. Is there a contradiction?
1. The righteous hasten the redemption through the great merit of their actions. The wicked also hasten the redemption, since many Jews abandoned the Torah, God will bring the redemption, and they will repent. 2. Mashiach will be in a generation that is entirely worthy or entirely wicked. Our generation is both entirely worthy and wicked. The wicked outwardly reject the Torah, but innerly desire to rectify the world.
Remembering the Land Brings Compassion for Am Yisrael
What is the connection between remembering the Forefathers and remembering the Land?
The Forefathers and the Land teach that even when Am Yisrael sins, inwardly they remain close to God. This arouses Heavenly mercy when judging them.
Larry and Lisa Siegel
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