A present yet absent deity
There is a close link between fulfilling God's commandments and agricultural life in the Land of Israel.
The passage in this week’s Torah portion that begins “And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken” is recited each day, as part of the Shema Yisrael prayer. In this passage, a direct link is established between observance of God’s commandments and the weather in the Land of Israel: “And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to...
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