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I'm writing a paper for a Jewish Film class about the the movie The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, and there is a scene in the beginning where Duddy's Zayda tells him "A man without land is nothing." I know that within the tanach the different tribes would own portions of land within Israel, but is the concept of land ownership (outside of Israel) as a status symbol traditionally a Jewish concept?
(my Initial thought was that it might be due to the fact that traditionally, Jews weren't allowed to own land in Europe, so a Jewish land owner would be considered especially high status, but I wasn't sure.)

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This is likely a paraphrase of the Talmudic statement (Yevamos 63a):

ואמר רבי אלעזר כל אדם שאין לו קרקע אינו אדם שנא׳ השמים שמים לה׳ והארץ נתן לבני אדם

Rabbi Elazar said: "Every man who does not have land is not a man, as it says "The heavens are heavens of G-d, but the earth He gave to the children of men."

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