Monday, May 19, 2014

Thanking Gd for the land


Regarding thanking Gd for our land in the blessing recited after a meal:

"Even for us today – for the scattered Israel that dwells in other countries – the fact that the land of Israel was once granted to us by G-d and, since lost, will one day again be ours, is of holy significance. This fact demonstrates G-d as the Sustainer of our physical existence and teaches us to see in all possessions and enjoyments a G-d-granted means to His service. 

"In these Berachot, the Land of Israel takes its appropriate pride of place among the other facts that form the foundation of Israel – namely, the Divine covenant with Abraham, the Exodus, and the Revelation at Sinai."

(Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb 677)

Have a great day,

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