Love of the Land

For the week ending 26 May 2012 / 4 Sivan 5772

The Good Land

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Both in the Torah and in our birkat hamazon blessings after a meal, Eretz Yisrael is referred to as "the good land".

In a literal sense this is a reference to the material qualities of the Land, just as the other titles of "desirable" and "expansive" mentioned in our blessing after meals pay tribute to those qualities. But "good" is far more encompassing than those other titles and certainly includes the spiritual advantages which Eretz Yisrael offers its inhabitants.

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