Love of the Land

For the week ending 1 September 2012 / 13 Elul 5772

The Land of Ideal Climate

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

It is difficult to find places in the world with year-round climates as pleasant as what one finds in many parts of Israel. But even when this weather can be a little trying the lover of the Land doesnt complain.

Rabbi Ami and Rabbi Asi were two Talmudic Sages who moved from sun to shade when it got a little too warm for their Torah learning, and from shade to sun when it got a little too cool. From the explanation they gave for their moves it is clear that they could have managed to continue their studies despite the discomfort. They nevertheless devoted some precious minutes to moving to avoid the temptation to be critical of the weather in the Eretz Yisrael they so respected and loved.

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