Thursday, November 11, 2010

The merit of living in Israel


"Rabbi Meir used to say: Israel atones for the sins of those who live there. It is written (Yeshayah 33:24), 'The nation that lives in the land is נשוא עון.'

"But that is still vague [because the term נשוא עון has multiple meanings]! We wouldn't know whether their sins are removed when they live there, or whether the people bear their sins when they live there! The question is resolved by another biblical sentence (Devarim 32:43): 'And His land will atone for His nation.' We see that their sins are removed when they live there."

(Sifri, Devarim 333)

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