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Elevating the Land of Israel and the Entire World

Elevating the Land of Israel and the Entire World

Trugman, Rabbi Avraham Arieh
November 10, 2023

The Torah concludes the story of Abraham’s purchase of Sarah’s burial plot by stating that the field with its cave “rose up … unto Abraham for a purchase.”

(Genesis 23:17-18; 23:20)


“This ‘rising up’ is the key to the spiritual connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.


For the Land provides the Jewish people with their own rightful place in which to ascend in holiness and produce physical as well as spiritual fruit, while the Jewish people elevate the Land by providing it with their tender love and the care it needs to bring forth its holy bounty.


Indeed, when God first told Abraham to leave his home, his life style, and his entire belief system and go ‘to the land that I will show you’ (Genesis 12:1),… clearly God planned to lead Abraham to a certain preordained spot.


This spot was the Land of Canaan, later known as the Land of Israel.


The fact that God brought Abraham to that specific land suggests that it possessed certain qualities and energies which God wanted Abraham and his progeny to benefit from.”