Love of the Land - Land of the Living
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
LAND OF THE LIVING
Eretz Yisrael is called the "lands of the living" by King David, who prayed to Hashem that he merit to walk before Him in the lands of the living (Tehillim 116:9). If living means enjoying material prosperity, ask our Sages, there are certainly places on earth where one can enjoy a greater abundance at affordable prices. Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish explained that when the dead are resurrected following the arrival of mashiach, the first ones to come to life will be those who are buried in Eretz Yisrael (Jerusalem Talmud, Kilayim 9:3).
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions