Optimal Environment: Appreciating Eretz Yisrael

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The first verse in the Torah is, “Bereishet bara Elokim. In the beginning, Hashem created heaven and earth.” Rashi explains bereishit to mean, bishvil reishit. The purpose of creation was Torah and KlalYisrael, who are reishit. He further adds that Hashem specifically began with the story of creation rather than with the first mitzva of kiddush hachodesh to emphasize that Hashem is Master of the world and that the Jews have full rights to Eretz Yisrael.

The Torah immediately explores our connection to the land to teach us that we need Eretz Yisrael to fulfill our destiny of being reishit.

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Posted by Jasmin on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011. Filed under Jewish Blogs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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