Love of the Land - Giving Expression To Love
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
GIVING EXPRESSION TO LOVE
When Moshe Rabbeinu was refused entry into Eretz Yisrael he complained to Hashem:
"The bones of Yosef shall enter the land and I shall not enter?"
"He who proudly admitted that this was his land shall be buried in it," replied Hashem, "but he who did not admit that this was his land shall not be buried in it."
Yosef did not deny his Hebrew origin when Potifar's wife (Bereishis 39:14) derided him as a "Hebrew brought here to make fun of us." He even went further in describing himself to the chief butler (Bereishis 40:15) as one who "had been stolen from the land of the Hebrews."
But when the daughters of Yisro told their father that "an Egyptian man rescued us" (Shemos 2:19), Moshe made no effort to correct this false impression and stress his Hebrew origins.
Devarim Rabbah 2:8
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