Love of the Land

Love of the Land - The Waterproof Land

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Love of the Land
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael


Noach knew that the waters of the Deluge had begun to recede when the dove he had released from the ark returned with an olive leaf in its mouth. (Bereishis 8:11)

Where did the dove manage to find a leaf in a world so completely devastated by flood waters?

From the branches in Eretz Yisrael, says Rabbi Levi. This is in accordance with the opinion of the Sages who say that Eretz Yisrael was not affected by the Deluge. This view finds expression in what Hashem told the Prophet Yechezkel about this Land that "it was not rained upon in the day of fury." (Yechezkel 22:23)

(Midrash Rabba Vayikra 31:10)

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