Tuesday, January 25, 2005

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Chasidei Umot Haolam writes about The Nation and the Land

Chasidei Umot Haolam (The Righteous Among The Nations) has this beautiful post on the Jewish relationship to Israel (The Nation and the Land):

"The holy association between Israel and its Holy Land is not comparable to a natural affiliation through which all other nations and peoples are tied to their lands. The natural affiliation develops over a long period of time and through the occurrence of many incidents and through a great many people who come to live permanently in a specific land and thus begins the development of the historical affiliation by way of habit, causing for the generations to come, a spiritual association between the nation and the land. Such an idea does not exist within the Divine realm emanating from the Holy source which ties the people of Israel to the holiness of the beautiful land whose sanctified seal became apparent when we were but 'a few men.'

- Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook 1865-1935 First Chief Rabbi of Israel

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