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    • CHONI
    • 07.05.06 | 11:08 (IDT)

    "MESSAGE" FROM THE TALMUD (KETUBOT 110b) "ONE SHOULD ALWAYS LIVE IN ERETZ YISRAEL,EVEN IN A CITY WHOSE MAJORITY IS IDOLATORS,AND HE SHOULD NOT LIVE OUSIDE ISRAEL,EVEN IN A CITY WITH A JEWISH MAJORITY.WHOEVER LIVES IN ERETZ YISRAEL IS LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAS A GOD AND WHOEVER LIVES OUTSIDE OF ERETZ YISRAEL IS LIKE SOMEONE WHO HAS NO GOD,AS IT SAYS; "TO GIVE YOU THE LAND OF CANAAN,TO BE A GOD UNTO YOU" (LEV 25;38) OUR SAGES SAID FURTHER (TOSEFTA,AVODAH ZARAH,5;2) "A PERSON SHOULD LIVE IN ERETZ YISRAEL,EVEN IN A CITY WHOSE MAJORITY IS IDOLATORS,AND NOT OUSIDE THE LAND,EVEN IN A CITY THAT IS ENTIRELY JEWISH.THIS TEACHES US THATLIVING IN ERETZ YISRAEL IS OF EQUAL WEIGHT TO ALL THE MITZVOT OF THE TORAH COMBINED." ANY QUERIES ON THE ABOVE STATEMENTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO YOUR NEAREST (ORTHODOX) RABBI

    from the article: Alienated Jews
    First published 00:00 07.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 07.05.06
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