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Friday, November 24, 2017 6 Kislev 5778





LIVING WITH
THE TIMES

The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
B"H
 
 

The Promised Land
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Yakov went from his home in Beersheva to Charan, to escape the wrath of his brother Esav, he spent the night on Mount Moriah. There G-d revealed Himself to Yakov and said, “The land that you lie upon, I will give to you and your children.” Rashi comments, “G-d folded the entire Land of Israel underneath him, thus suggesting that the land would be easy for them to conquer.”
 
Avraham was given a similar directive: “Get up and explore the land… because I will give it to you.” Avraham walked through the entire land, thus taking possession of it spiritually and making it easier for his children to conquer. Avraham had to take active measures, to travel the length and breadth of the land, while Jacob was completely passive—he was granted possession while lying down, and G-d “folded” the land underneath him.
 
Yakov was granted the power to take control of the land without war—to reach a point that all nations would voluntarily agree that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews.
 
This should have been the case when the Jews first entered the land with Yehoshua. However, due to the sin of the spies, who brought an evil report about the land, this privilege was taken away and the Jews had to fight battle after battle to settle the land.
 
In the time of Redemption we will finally merit this, the land will be given over to us with no battle. We will not even need to make a small effort as Abraham did with walking through the land. It will be given to us, as if folded underneath our bodies—may it happen immediately.
 
(The Rebbe, Likutei Sichos vol. 20)

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