Israel Forever

For the week ending 30 July 2011 / 27 Tammuz 5771

Sharing the Inspiration

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A major part of this week's Torah portion is dedicated to the division of Eretz Yisrael among the tribes.

Although the Tribe of Levi did not receive a portion like all the others, the Levites did inherit 48 cities which were apportioned to them by all the other tribes.

It is interesting to note that these cities were thus located far away from each other, and each of them was in an area occupied by one of the tribes.

The reason for this it seems is that G-d wanted all parts of the nation to be exposed to the spiritual inspiration they could gain from the example of the Levites, the "legion of G-d."

In modern Israel we find today's "legion of G-d", those who dedicate themselves to the study and teaching of Torah, spread out throughout the land and providing the kind of inspiration which will secure Israel forever.

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