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Thought of the Week
This week's parashah speaks extensively of the praises of Eretz
Yisrael. R' Chaim Palagi z"l (1788-1868; chief rabbi of Izmir,
Turkey) writes: The sefer Reishit Chochmah [quoting the midrash
Kohelet Rabbah] notes that Tanach uses similar terminology to
describe the human body and the earth. This is because, just as a
person's limbs and organs differ in their qualities, so do various
parts of the world differ in their qualities. Some produce iron, some
copper, some silver, some gold, and some produce gems. Incontrast, Eretz Yisrael's worth is not determined by the minerals it
produces, but rather by the fact that it is infused with theShechinah, which is more precious than gems.
Stone Chumash page 980; Haftarah, page 1197.
Why then, asks R' Palagi, does our parashah (8:9) seem to praiseEretz Yisrael as: "A Land whose stones are iron and from whose
mountains you will mine copper"? He answers: The correctinterpretation of this verse is that, after the Torah praised theLand, it added that if we do not observe the mitzvot, the Land will
not produce fruits, as if it was made of iron or copper. The reasonfor this is that Eretz Yisrael does not produce fruits naturally, as do
other lands. Rather, as we read later in the parashah (11:13-14),
"It will be that if you listen to My commandments . . . then I shall
provide rain for your Land in its proper time, the early and the laterains, that you may gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil."
R' Palagi adds in the name of his son, R' Yitzchak Palagi [z"l]: In
the verse quoted above, the Hebrew word "Avanehah" / "itsstones" has the same letters as "Bana'ehah" / "its builders." The
initial letters of the Hebrew phrase, "Avanehah barzel
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u'mei'hararehah tachtzov" / "its stones are iron and from its
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mountains you will mine [copper]" spells "Avot" / the Patriarchs.
And, "barzel" / "iron" is the initial letters of Yaakov Avinu's fourwives: Bilhah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Leah. This teaches that EretzYisrael is built on the merits of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Rabbi - Away
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emergency), should contact Shul President, Sherman Frager. Weekday Davening Times Kivrei Tzadikim Trip For Women
Visiting the Graves of the Gaonim and Tzadikim buried in
Queens, NY. Sunday, September 4th. The trip will begin with abreakfast at YIML at 9am, at which Rabbi Steinberg will speak
about the illustrious personalities to be visited. The group will
then travel to the Bais HaChaim to learn more, daven, and
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