Love of the Land

For the week ending 8 February 2003 / 6 Adar I 5763

The Sage Rami bar Yechezkel Milk and Honey

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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We all know that Eretz Yisrael is the land of milk and honey. But the Talmudic Sage Rami bar Yechezkel realized the true meaning of the Torah passage describing this country as a land flowing with milk and honey during a visit to ancient Bnei Brak.

He saw goats beneath a very ripe fig tree. Honey oozed from the figs, milk dripped from the goats and the two combined into one flowing stream. Only then did he, through this visual experience, fully appreciate the significance of the Torah using the single term flowing in regard to both milk and honey to indicate that the two flowed together.

The significance of his discovery may well be that Eretz Yisrael is blessed not only with the wholesome resources symbolized by milk, and the tasty ones represented by honey, but that these two seemingly disparate dimensions of food are naturally and perfectly blended for the health and enjoyment of the inhabitants of the land flowing with milk and honey.

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