I heard that every 4 or 2 amot walked in Eretz Israel is a mitzvah. Is this true? If it is, from where do we learn this?


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 assured of a place in the world to come.

This however does not mean that it is an actual official mitzvah, just that it's a good thing. Some would deem this enough to call it a "mitzvah".

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    Any source that every 4 cubits is a mitzvah? This seems to say just the initial 4 cubits. – LN6595 Jan 17 '16 at 2:39
  • See also Rambam Hilchot Melachim 5:11 where he states this as fact. However Rambam does not count "walking four amot in Israel" as one of his 613 mitzvot in sefer hamitzvot. – Popular Isn't Right Jan 17 '16 at 3:57
  • @LN6595 No such source that I know of, however it is said of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld that he would walk 4 different cubits every day for this reason. – Cauthon Jan 17 '16 at 6:38
  • @Bachrach44 I would be medayek that the Rambam says "halach ba" and not "holeich ba" to mean that only the initial 4 cubits walked per lifetime? since the last sin? effects Kapparah. But I really am not sure. – LN6595 Jan 17 '16 at 22:21

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