To settle the Land of Israel

To settle the Land of Israel

To live in or settle the Land of Israel

G-d has given the Jews many commandments that a Jew is obligated to do, in all 613. Some of them are more important than others, but we are still obligated to do all of them. They can be either “You shall not do” or “You shall do” commandments. Among the 613 commandments we have received from G-d we will also find commandments that are connected to the Land of Israel and among them two commandments that I am going to focus on today. I will not bring sources in this post, from where I derive my information and my conclusions.

Settling the Land of Israel

The commandment of settling the Land of Israel.
By: Eli Janovsky

First of all, all Jews have an obligation to live in Israel. This is a Torah commandment and it equals all other commandments together in the Torah, just like for example keeping Shabbat. Many people would probably disagree with this, especially if you live a good materialistic life outside Israel, but this is actually a fact.

This is not what I will write about though. This post will talk about the importance of settling the land of Israel. And do you, according to my opinion, fulfil the commandment of settling the land of Israel by living in an apartment complex in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem?

Settling the Land of Israel

The commandment of settling the Land of Israel.
By: Eli Janovsky

G-d commanded the Jewish people before entering the Land of Israel to conquer and settle the Holy Land. We learn it from Numbers 33:53: ”Inherit the land and live in it, since it is to you that I am giving the land to occupy”. Our Sages argue if conquer and settle are two different positive commandments that the whole Jewish nation has to do or if it is one combined commandment. They also argue if each and every Jew is obligated to settle the Land of Israel or only as a nation.

Settling the Land of Israel.

The commandment of settling the Land of Israel.
Picture by: Yechiel Jonathan Jonny Stein

My dilemma is not about conquering the Land of Israel, since this is an obligation upon the Nation to fulfil. My dilemma and question is the definition of settling the Land of Israel.

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The commandment of settling the Land of Israel.
Picture by: Yechiel Jonathan Jonny Stein

Can a person who lives in an apartment building in for example Tel Aviv or Hertzliya actually fulfil the commandment of settling the Land? According to my opinion they can only fulfil the commandment by living on the ground floor. To settle the land is to grab land. When you grab something you take something. For sure someone who lives in an apartment does fulfil the commandment of living in Israel, but not to settle the land. To settle the land you have to actually make that part yours. That is exactly what many families, the people living in Judea and Samaria, do when they decide to fulfil the commandment extra much. We settle empty lands, empty areas and make them flourish. We settle barren hills and create wine yards or agriculture fields. This is the real commandment of settling the Land. So if you would like to really perform the commandment it the best way possible, first if you still live in chutz La’aretz leave and start to fulfil the commandment of living in Israel. For my fellow readers who live in comfort in Israel, take your things, just like Avraham did in Lech Lecha. He left everything he had to do G-d’s will. So fellow readers, if you have the desire to really fulfil G-d’s commandments, a commandment that equals all other commandments in the Torah together is to leave the comfort of city life and come with us and settle the land of Israel.

Settling the Land of Israel

The commandment of settling the Land of Israel.
By: Eli Janovsky

2 Responses to “To settle the Land of Israel”

  1. Laura Swire says:

    This is my desire when I make Aliyah hopefully by the end of the summer.

  2. Alan Jolin says:

    In an ideal world i am sure that every Jew ( myself included ) would exercise the right to return and make Aliyah, and live as commanded. This is actually a regular point of discussion between my wife and myself

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