Love of the Land

For the week ending 14 February 2004 / 22 Shevat 5764

Eretz Avoteinu Land of Our Fathers

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

In the original version of the national anthem of the Zionist Movement and the State of Israel there appeared a phrase about "Hatikvah" the hope of Jews to "return to the land of our fathers".

The origin of this phrase is in the Torah and it twice appears in connection with the Patriarch Yaakov. The first is when he receives a Divine command "to return to the land of your fathers" (Bereishiet 31:3), and the second is when Yaakov blessed his grandchildren and informed their father Yosef of the gift his tribe would receive when G-d would "return you to the land of your fathers" (ibid. 48:21).

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