Israel Forever

For the week ending 6 December 2008 / 9 Kislev 5769

How Easy It Should Be

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll


Should maintaining the hold of the Jewish People on their Land promised to them by G-d always be such a difficult challenge?

In this week's Torah portion we learn of G-d's promise to the Patriarch Yaakov that "the ground upon which you lie will I give to you and your descendants". Rashi quotes the Talmud which explains that G-d folded the entirety of Eretz Yisrael under Yaakov, to indicate that it would be as easy for his descendants to conquer the entire Land as if it were only the four cubits upon which he slept.

This promise was fulfilled when our ancestors entered the Land and won miraculous victories over their enemies. It is regretful that our own generation lacks the collective merit to deserve such Divine assistance in eliminating all threats to our promised Land.

If Yaakov was prophetically shown how easy it would be to inherit the Land promised to him, we must derive from this that when Jews finally restore holiness to the Holy Land there will be no problem in gaining and maintaining Israel forever.

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