Sunday, August 3, 2014

Love for the land of Israel


"Rabbi Yosi ben Chanina would kiss the rocks of Akko, saying, 'To this point is the land of Israel.' Rabbi Zeira crossed the Jordan River in his clothing. Rabbi Chiyya bar Abba rolled in the forest [some render: market] of Tiberias.

"Rabbi Chiyya Rabbah weighed the stones [repairing any areas where people might stumble].  Rabbi Chananiah weighed the clumps of earth. They fulfiled Tehillim 112:15, 'For Your servants have desired her stones, and favour her dust.'"

(Talmud Yerushalmi Sheviit 4:7)

המצפה לישועה,

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