Roy Neuberger - May. 24, 2019

Do you feel different when you are in Israel?


Of course you do!


When I am walking in Yerushalayim I feel as if the earth is talking to me. It is alive.


Outside Israel, the earth does not speak. The entire universe is Hashem’s creation, but there is a unique place that is alive with kedusha (spirituality), just as there is a unique Nation that is alive with kedusha.


“For the Land to which you come, to possess it – it is not like the land of Egypt that you left …. It is a land … that Hashem, your G-d seeks out. The eyes of Hashem, your G-d, are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to year’s end.” (Deuteronomy 11:10-12)


This week we learn that the Land cannot be sold. “For the Land is Mine!” (Leviticus 25:23)


Do you think the Land belongs to us? No! It belongs to Hashem! Just the way we belong to Him, so does the Land of Israel belong to Him. We are connected to this Land not because it is ours, but because it is His! And that is why the only bond which connects us to the Land is Torah!


The Land is alive! Just the way a Jew cannot be sold perpetually into slavery, so the Land cannot be sold. You cannot sell the Land because it doesn’t belong to you! It belongs to Him, “for you are sojourners and residents.” (ibid)


That is why the Land of Israel feels different, because you feel the Presence of the Owner!

Just as we keep Shabbos, so the Land keeps Shabbos. It is explicit in the Torah: “the Land shall observe a Shabbos!” (ibid 25:2) And it is no accident that this week’s Torah portion, after discussing Shmittah (the law that the Land of Israel shall rest every seven years) and Yovel (the law that the Land will revert to its original owners every fifty years), goes on to discuss the Jewish slave (ibid 25:39ff). The Land of Israel, like the Children of Israel, cannot be sold. It must return to its Owner.

And it will return to its Owner!


Just as we cannot live without Torah, the Land cannot live without Torah. Since the destruction of the Holy Temple, the Land has been waiting for the return of the Presence of G-d.


On a recent trip to Israel, we had an amazing experience. My wife and I spoke at a unique location. Not only did it look out at the Western Wall, but it was uniquely high, and so one could see ABOVE the Western Wall! It looked down upon the floor which the mosque has appropriated and occupied for some thirteen hundred years.


Talk about “occupied territory!”


My friends, we were looking down at the actual floor upon which the Bais Hamikdosh stood!


And soon will stand again … with G-d’s help!


How long do you think Hashem is going to wait before He reclaims His Land?


Not long, my friends!


“V’sechezena …May our eyes behold Your return to Tzion in compassion! Blessed are You, Hashem, Who restores His Shechina to Tzion!” Very soon, in our days!




The Dome of the Rock (upper left) is sitting on the floor on which the Temple stood and,

with G-d’s help, will soon stand. The Western Wall Plaza is visible on the lower right.


Recent Posts


Zion dreams Eve Isaiah paradise stones mitzvos patriarchs'matriarchs Lot eternal Matisyahu Mount Sinai God shmittah Samuel prayer Bais Hamikdosh New Moon redeemer enemies Midrash three weeks secret terror Angel of Death Golden Calf Abrahem Shavuos Canaan Ashkenazi King David earthquake fault Second Temple Tu b'Av kesuba Ten Commandments darkness Holocaust Mount Hermon bird incense Yerushalayim king Genesis locusts Miraglim Tefillin terrorist Galil Eglon evolution ethics culture matzos Shechina Pinchas Temple Pharaoh Talmud Nation of Israel Hashem heavenly throne Hasmoneans repentance forefathers Rebbe Ammon war mikveh creation peace Elul violence Moab Final redemption Jewish holidays Jacob fragrance Rashi Day of Atonement brotherhood prophet Samuel shofar terrorists Egypt miracle High Holy Days rabbi Lunar eclipse Raiders of the Lost Ark night heaven Geula Holy Temple exile Chanukkah blessing danger kinneret Hebrew Moses David Rosh Hashana angel biblical High Priest Jew America Greeks stars Ishmael mikveh, Sabbath cries Israel priests Solar eclipse Sodom leprosy Jerusalem self-worship Passover Seder water Torah Moshe Zohar soul prophets Parsha ancestors Mordechai death Noah tabernacle Holiness Chafetz Chaim Blame heavenly gates Chofetz Chaim Yom Kippur Garden of Eden Master of the Universe world to come meraglim survival lights Teshuva mitzva Creator rosh chodesh Rosh Hashanah resurrection siddur minyan judgement Day of Judgement Rabbis Western Wall yarmulke Sarah G-d Esau Torah scholars alone prophet Bilaam deluge Jewish festival Tisha b'Av rain bris milah Rachel Babylonia trees Solomon Joseph Golus logic gossip Temple Mount Chol haMoed angels automobiles 2020 Vision evil inclination King of the Universe Chanukah Purim Psalms Red Heifer sin holiday repent Rebecca cholent Maimonides Golan Torah portion light kiddush Abraham Protective edge Zechariah Land of Israel Jeremiah Leah King Solomon song Esther Psalm Ishmeal fires Babylon Tzuk etan Baku sun spiritual Shabbos spirituality Maccabeans Laban Jewish People chessed Song of Songs Haman India Ruth Prophecy missiles pray holy shield of Abraham Hagar Gog idolatry Balak Children of Israel pain idol Aharon Sukkah Sages flood Malbim compassion Avraham Ishamael Red Sea persecution miracles Amalek Ezekiel Western World barley Yaakov Judah Macabees Achashveirosh spies sanctity tablets commandment Tallis Jews chaos Adam Sefiras haOmer Magog evil Benjamin Sukkos Holy land Exodus Samuel the Prophet fear menorah esrog Holy Ark hubris Rome Judaism terrorism Edom prayer book slavery sacrifices media Shushan Moshaich slaves moon liberation yeshiva Repentence End of Days United Nations patriarchs tears Banias murder Matriarchs Mount Zion messiah Heavenly Mercy Boaz Europe synagogue Miriam Sephardi Father in Heaven Faith Earth purity seder keys plague Divine presence Jewish Dead Sea Tu b'Shvat Beit Hamikdash Isaac Amram Passover eternity Sea of Galilee materialism tremors kosher salvation Sabbath Judgement Day prayers Moshiach bible Zion, Angel redemption Rabbi Akiva Terror Attack in Jerusalem