Love of the Land

For the week ending 15 October 2011 / 16 Tishri 5772

Eretz Hamuvtachat - The Promised Land

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

“The Promised Land” is a name which has been popularly associated with Eretz Yisrael. It is interesting to note that it does not appear in Tanach, but is based on an of-repeated Divine declaration.

The Creator promised the Patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, that their descendants would inherit the land in which all three of them had dwelled. He repeated this promise to Moshe when He sent him to liberate His chosen people from Egyptian bondage and to lead them to the Promised Land.

It should be noted that in some American folk songs and spirituals the term Promised Land sometimes connotes the afterlife of Heaven. For Jews, however, the Promised Land is the Heaven on Earth promised to our ancestors.

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