Love of the Land

For the week ending 22 November 2003 / 27 Heshvan 5764

Eretz Zavat Chalav Udvash Land of Milk and Honey

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

During a visit to the Bnei Brak of Talmudic times the Sage Rami bar Yechezkel observed a scene which offered him a graphic understanding of the meaning of a "land of milk and honey" which is the description given in the Torah of Eretz Yisrael.

He saw goats grazing beneath fig trees. The honey oozing from the very ripe figs merged with the milk dripping from the bountiful goats to form a large stream of milk and honey.

Milk represents nutrition while honey is associated with sweetness. Eretz Yisrael offers both physical and spiritual nourishment achieved with an accompaniment of sweetness.

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