what is the source that every four amot (~2 meters) walked in Israel is a mitzva? (read this somewhere)

Also, what is the reason for this mitzva if it has any.

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aish brings the sources

You shall possess the Land and dwell in it - Bamidbar 33:53

and the gemara in Ketubot 111a

Whoever walks four amot in the Land of Israel may rest assured that he will be a denizen of the World to Come

Ohr Somayach cites the Maharal explaining the reason

Because of the intrinsic Holiness of the Land of Israel, a person gains spiritual merit by merely walking here

See also aish for more details on the relevance of this mitzva today

The question, however, is whether this mitzvah is compulsory in our times when the Holy Temple is not standing. This is the basis of a dispute between two great Talmudic commentators, Maimonides and Nachmanides. A leading 20th century sage, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, concludes that living in Israel is a "mitzvah kiyuma" – while it is a great mitzvah, there is no absolute obligation to do so.

See also here

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    IMO, this is the best answer of all given. Please post it to the original question (this is marked as a duplicate of a duplicate: ) – LN6595 May 31 '16 at 14:40
  • @LN6595 thanks for your kind comment - I have now done just that – mbloch May 31 '16 at 19:08

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