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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?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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The Fruits of Eretz Yisrael

What makes the produce of the Land of Israel so special?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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Bircat Hamazon Eating Within the Land of Israel

Why is the Land of Israel mentioned when we thank G-d for providing our food?

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Just as food sustains on the physical level, the Land sustains on the spiritual level.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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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?

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The covenant is an expression of the deep connection between God and His nation which is realized with the covenant.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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God’s choice and desire for Zion

What is the significance of the name Zion?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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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?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

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Eretz Yisrael Atones for Am Yisrael

In the Shabbat Musaf Tefilah Av Harachamim, why is it appropriate to mention the Land of Israel?

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The Land’s destruction and desolation achieves atonement for Am Yisrael's sins.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Meir Simcha Moondshine

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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?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Tsvi Levy

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Remembering the Land Brings Compassion for Am Yisrael

What is the connection between remembering the Forefathers and remembering the Land?

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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.

Avrum Leeder

Presenter:

Ori Engelman

Writer:

Larry and Lisa Siegel

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