Love of the Land - Stones Like Iron
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
STONES LIKE IRON
"...A land whose stones are iron" (Devarim 8:9)
The simple meaning of this praise of Eretz Yisrael is that it is rich in metals. The places in it where you expect to find only stones you will find metal deposits. But the Jerusalem Targum offers another perspective: The land is rich in stones as solid as metal which will enable you to build stone houses, walls and towers, unlike many other lands which lack such material and must settle for flimsy structures.
(Ramban, Commentary on the Torah)
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
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