Appreciating Israel

This week’s Parsha discusses the tragic story of the spies who despised the Land of Israel. There is one basic message that all must learn.

Eretz Yisrael is one of the most precious gifts that Hashem has given us. We must cherish it and we must appreciate it. And we must never speak a negative word about Israel. This is the lesson to be learned from the spies.

The overall makeup of the Jewish religion has three parts. There is תורת ישראל, עם ישראל, and ארץ ישראל. The Torah, the people, and the Land are all interspersed. The intention of Hashem to take us out of Egypt was to bring the entire Jewish nation to the Promised Land. For a Jew to live anywhere but Israel, is not natural. We flourish as a people when we are in our land.

We are actually supposed to feel passionate about Israel and marvel at its beauty. The Rabbis have such statements as אוירה דארץ ישראל מחכים, that the air of Eretz Yisrael makes one wise. They also אין תורה כתורת ארץ ישראל, there is no Torah like the Torah of Israel.

Parshat שלח is really one where we must take stock and recognize the special place Israel is supposed to have in our lives. Shabbat Shalom