Love of the Land

For the week ending 31 January 2004 / 8 Shevat 5764

Moledet The Homeland

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The term "homeland" is certainly not a title exclusive to Eretz Yisrael. Every nation expresses its patriotism by referring to its land as its "moledet".

We do find, however, a Torah source for its application to the Jewish homeland. When the Patriarch Yaakov, in the home of his uncle Lavan in Padan Aram, was told by G-d to leave, the instructions were "to return to your homeland and I shall be with you." (Bereishet 31:3)

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