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After researching this more thoroughly I discovered that this topic was actually written about in Wikipedia entitled : "Four Holy Cities" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Holy_Cities It seems the association of elements has only been since 1516. In the bibliography from the Encyclopedia of Judaism. Macmillan. p. 768. : "Term applied to the Erets Israel ...


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R Eliezer Melamed (Rosh Yeshiva in Har Bracha) writes that it is We have already learned that the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel does not involve only conquering it, but also requires the settling and developing of every part of it. The Ramban stresses this point that "We should not leave the Land under foreign rule or desolate, as it ...


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The gemara in Ketubot daf 111a learns it from the passuk in Isaiah (chapter 42, verse 5): ורוח להולכים בה א"ר ירמיה בר אבא א"ר יוחנן כל המהלך ארבע אמות בארץ ישראל מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא And spirit to them that walk therein [teaches], said R. Jeremiah b. Abba in the name of R. Johanan, that whoever walks four cubits in the Land of Israel is ...


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For what it's worth, I once asked my rabbi whether I should wear tefillin on Chol HaMoed. His opinion was that those who do not don tefillin on Chol HaMoed are doing the wrong thing, though they should be put on without a berakha. He mentioned that if I would be davening in a place where nobody puts on tefillin (like most minyanim in Israel, as many of the ...



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