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On what authority did Moses allow Reuben and Gad to settle east of the Jordan?

The tribes of Reuben and Gad wanted to settle on the east side of the Jordan River because the land there was more favorable for their abundant livestock. In exchange, they promised Moses they will ...
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Will Geirim (proselytes) receive a future land allotment?

Will converts to the Israelite religion, also known as geirim or proselytes, who have no land allotment in the land of Israel and can't permanently own Israelite land receive a land allotment in the ...
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Rav Pinchas Koritzer's explanation on the spiritual acquisition of Eretz Yisroel

Concerning the capture of Kiryas Sefer, the Torah relates that Yehoshua set 5.000 men and made an ambush. The Torah says that, that night, Yehoshua "went that night into the midst of the valley&...
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Does reishit hagez apply to chutz Laaretz sheep brought to eretz Yisrael

There is a dispute in Tractate Chullin regarding whether Reishit Hagez (the commandment to give the first shearing of the flock to a Kohen) applies in the Diaspora like it does the Land of Israel. My ...
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What is the historic background to the first Rashi?

The first Rashi on Genesis says: Rabbi Isaac said: The Torah, which is the Law book of Israel, should have commenced with the verse (Exodus 12:2) “This month shall be unto you the first of the months”...
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Are hydroponics obligated in Maaser and Terumah

According to Halacha, are crops grown in hydroponics in Eretz Yisrael obligated in the laws of Terumah and Maaser? Or no, since it is grown off the ground in hydroponics systems is it exempt?
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Does Eilat belong to Bney Israel?

1 Kings 9:26 "King Solomon made a ship in Etzion Geber, which is beside Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom." Does Eilat (which spelling is also spelled Eloth) belong to &...
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Why did Zevulun complain?

The Gemara (Megillah 6a) tells us that Zevulun complained about having water in his portion instead of land, and Hashem consoled him with the Chilazon. Question: In Pesachim 4a there is a story about ...
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Who is an idolater?

In Chullin 13b, we read: Rabbi Yoḥanan says: Gentiles outside of Eretz Yisrael are not idol worshippers. Rather, they are just following the customs of their ancestors that were transmitted to them......
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Is There a Ramban v. Ramchal Debate Regarding the Graspability of the Creation Narrative?

Per the Ramban (based on Rashi) (Genesis 1:1), the purpose of the creation narrative, per Chazal, is to teach us that the Land of Israel belongs to Bnei Yisrael and that God banishes and destroys ...
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What was the main purpose of the Exodus?

From some pesukim it seems that the main purpose of yetzias mitzrayim was to provide relief from their burdens and bring them to the promised land e.g. Shemos 3:8 וָאֵרֵד לְהַצִּילוֹ מִיַּד מִצְרַיִם ...
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A food's Rabbanut kashrus claim is in plain text. There's no kosher symbol, logo, or emblem. Can you trust the kashrus claim? [closed]

Background You're considering buying a package of kasha, or roasted buckwheat. It was made in China. (I once asked a rabbi at COR, the Kashruth Council of Canada. He told me that, if you buy roasted ...
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Is it permissible to have multiple kings at the same time

According to Halacha, is it permissible to have multiple kings govern over Israel at the same time? Like could you have different kings each governing but all accountable to say a greater king or ...
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Why was seafaring Zebulon landlocked?

The Sources abound with references to Zebulon being a maritime tribe engaged in trading by sea. The Torah says: Zebulun shall dwell by the seashore. He shall be a haven for ships and his flank ...
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Does the Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel exist?

In the Eim Habonim Smeichah, the Mishnah Sachir makes many references to a Kuntres Yeshivas Eretz Yisroel by a certain R' Yonah Dov Blumberg from Dvinsk. Is this kuntres in publication? Is anyone ...
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Talmud Yerushalmi vs Bavli

We all know that only a Sanhedrin can vote conclusively on a halakha for the entire nation. Since the Sanhedrin was dismantled, the next best option was to listening to the hachamim of your locale. ...
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If Jews conquer a random new land does it become holy like Eretz Yisrael? How might this relate to kibbush yachid? And does kibbush yachid even count?

If Jews conquered New York City let's say does New York City become holy just like Eretz Yisrael? What if a "Jewish king" declared it as a Jewish state? I'm very curious..
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Eretz Yisroel as G-ds palace

Based on this answer, I was looking for sources that describe Eretz Yisroel as the "palace of G-d". Are there any sources that describe Eretz Yisroel as such? As "Palace of the King&...
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Original version of Radak on borders of Eretz Yisrael after Moshiach comes

Sefaria offers a translation of the Radak's commentary to Bereishis 26:23. The translation of that Radak says: ויעל משם באר שבע. This was not far away from Gerar as we already explained. As to the ...
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Rav Elchonon Wasserman's parable on living without bread and air

In Kovetz Maamarim (p. 130, sv. "Eretz Yisrael"), Rav Elchonon Wasserman zt"l explains the need to "breath the air of Torah". He says that for two thousand years, we endured ...
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What should one do to help Israel during war?

Regarding this terrible attack and subsequent war on October 2023, how would our Sages say we can help Israel during a war like this? I’m not just looking for answers like “pray”, but rather maybe ...
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What’s the Chabad psak on Beit Yosef and sinta (sirloin steak) in Israel?

I’m in Israel and most Ashkenazim don’t eat sinta (sirloin steak) but I was wondering if Chabad does.
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There were foreigners living in the Holy Land during the times of the Monarchy. Were they Noahides? If not, why didn't Israelites convert them?

Often throughout the Tanakh, you will see references to foreigners living the Holy Land, e.g. in Leviticus 19 I think. Were these foreigners Noahides, and if not, why didn't they convert them so that ...
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"And you shall place My words upon your heart" - even in exile

In parasahas Eikev (Devarim 11:18), the Torah instructs us that we: shall lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they will be as frontlets ...
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Did God give the entire land of Israel?

I am having trouble understanding Joshua 21:41-43, which states that God gave to Israel the entire land that He swore to their fathers, and all of the good things that God spoke came to pass. How do ...
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Who are some Kings of Ancient Israel who didn't have major flaws/sins/etc.?

The Tanakh isn't at all shy of mentioning the flaws of many of the most famous and looked up to Kings, and for good reasons too. David and Batsheba is one such story as far as I know where David ended ...
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Do Zachariah 14 and Ezekiel 37 claim that the state of Israel will exist before the arrival of the Messiah?

I heard someone say that the task of the Messiah will be to establish Israel as a theocratic monarchy. However, this person claimed that Zachariah 14 and Ezekiel 37 claim that Israel will exist ...
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Chofetz Chaim and Eretz Israel

Does the Chofetz Chaim writes about the prohibition of speaking Lashon Hara about Eretz Israel?
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Why the Land of Israel?

Commentators have asked: "Why did God choose the Land of Israel for us?" It is not as rich and fertile as the Nile valley or Mesopotamia, it has few natural resources, it has no oil, it's ...
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Satmar Rav in Divrei Yoel: the goal of Eretz Yisrael

This article on Parashas Pinchas quotes the Satmar Rav in Divrei Yoel, vol. 6, where it says: The Satmar Rebbe, ZY"A, in Divrei Yoel (Parashas Emor pp. 184-185) decries the false ideas ...
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How does timing work for shechiyanu on fruits?

For purposes of reciting shechiyanu, how do we determine if I am having a fruit for the first time "this season"? Do I need to have gone a whole year (or some other period of time) without ...
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Yaakov Avinu Talking About Eretz Yisroel

Since it is forbidden to speak badly about Eretz Yisroel, was it considered lashon hara for Yaakov Avinu to tell Pharaoh that he had to leave the Holy Land because it was negatively impacted by famine ...
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Source that 2nd day Yom Tov is spiritually needed for those outside Israel

I heard a view that those outside Israel need a second day Yom Tov in order to achieve the spiritual status that those in Israel can achieve in one day. I would like to see the source of this ...
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Out of breath in Eretz Yisroel

I once heard in the name of the Gerrer Rebbe (Imrei Emes) 2 explanations as to why people get easily out of breath while walking in Eretz Yisroel (1. Since there is a Mitzva to walk 4 Amos in Eretz ...
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Order of the nations

Around 8 times in Chumash we mention the 7 nations who inhabited the land of Israel. Yet almost each time the order of the nations is changed. Is there a reason for this, do the conquests relate to ...
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What's the source that Eretz Yisroel has another name- Eretz Hakodesh

I am looking for an answer for the following question: Where do we find the source in the Tora that Eretz Hakodesh is another name for Eretz Yisroel? if you know the source I will greatly appreciate ...
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What's the source that Eretz Yisroel was promised by Hashem?

I am looking for sources on the topic of when Hashem promised Eretz Yisroel to the Avos. If there's anyone who can help me, I will greatly appreciate it.
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Explanation of a Tosfos on Kesubos 111a; ד"ה בבלה

I was reading the Gemara about whether it is permissible to emigrate from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael (Kesubos 111a). Rav Yehudah holds that whoever ascends from Babylonia to Eretz Yisrael, ...
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Where do we find the sources in the tora for these places/actions [closed]

What is the mekor for the names of the Land of Israel: Eretz Yisroel and Eretz Hakodesh?
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Why don't Jews return to Israel?

Why are Jews still scattered around the world? Why do most live outside of Israel? Many are orthodox or have a very nostalgic religious view of belonging to that place. So what prevents them from ...
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Why did Ahron Hakohen not daven to be allowed to Enter E"Y?

How come Ahron Hakohen didn't pray to enter E"Y like moshe did? Did he have less of a desire to enter?
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Gathering of the tribes: contradiction between Rambam and mefarshim

It is a well known principle that Moshiach will gather all the people that are in exile, and bring them into Eretz Yisrael (Yeshayahu 11:12; Mishneh Torah Hilchos Melachim uMilchamot 11:1][1]). Rabbi ...
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Moshe, Israel entry

HaShem tells Moshe Rabbeinu that he will not be allowed into Eretz Ha-Kodesh. Moshe Rabbeinu is shown the Eretz Ha-Kodesh will standing on the banks of the river Jordan ( or somewhere in that area ...
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Spitting on the ground

In an essay on how seeing others sin makes the sin seem acceptable to you, I read that when 20th-century Rabbi Elya Lopian first came to Eretz Yisrael, he refrained from spitting on the ground (as was ...
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Chabad Yeshiva Ketana?

Does anyone know a Chabad Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel for boys aged 15/16 preferably with a summer program? Thanks in advance
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I need to know if it is the ketuvah of my parents, what does it say? Dates, names, etc

I have to travel to Israel and they ask me for a marriage certificate from my parents or grandparents I have this document but I don't know if it is and I don't have anyone who can translate it for me,...
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Why were the spies commanded to assess if the Land is good?

God promised that the Land he would bring us into was good. Exodus 3:8: and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and ...
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How did Abraham end up in Ur Kasdim when Shem and Ever lived in Israel?

IIRC, it starts with Noah landing on the Ararat mountains somewhere in nowadays Turkey. Some 300 years later we hear that Shem runs a Yeshiva in Eretz Israel together with his grand-grandson Ever and ...
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Where does the name הגליל, The Galilee, come from?

As far as I was aware, the Galilee isn't considered a significant region of Israel in the Tanach. But when we get to the Mishna, the Galilee is mentioned everywhere. For example, https://www.sefaria....
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Borders of Eretz Yisrael: Ibn Ezra

In his commentary on תהלים פרק צח פסוק ג - Psalm 98:3, Ibn Ezra writes as follows: זכר, כל אפסי ארץ - כנגד מקומות הישוב שהם שבעה גבולות בצפון ואחד בדרום I have been unable to determine which גבולות, ...
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