Love of the Land

Love of the Land - A Land Like Yours

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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


When Sancheriv followed up his destruction of the Kingdom of Israel and the exiling of the ten tribes which inhabited it with a siege of Jerusalem, Capital of the Kingdom of Judea, he sent messengers to persuade the besieged Jews to surrender. He promised to transfer them to "a land like your own land."(Melachim II 18:32).

The respect he showed for Eretz Yisrael by not daring to suggest that there was a land superior to it, say our Sages, gained for him the merit of being referred to elsewhere (Ezra 4:10) as "the great and noble Asnappar" (Sanhedrin 94a).

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