Questions tagged [eretz-yisrael]

Questions related to the religiously-defined geographical area, the Land of Israel / *Eretz Yisrael*.

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When did the trans-Jordanian territories acquire kedusha?

Two-and-a-half tribes (Reuben, Gad and half of Menasseh) had land on "the other side" of the Jordan river, allocated to them by Moses in Bemidbar 32, and made conditional on their participation in the ...
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Where did the Jews live at the time of Joshua before their portion was conquered?

We know that Joshua divided up the Land of Israel before it was actually completely conquered. So where did the Jews live while their apportioned heritage was held by the Canaanite nations?
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What is special about Tzfat?

The city of Tzefat seems to be a magnet for torah scholars and kabbalists for many hundreds of years. Why is that?
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Why did our forefathers live in tents in Israel and not in houses?

It appears that there's a clear trend of our forefathers, Avraham, Tzhak, and Jacob, to dwell in tents in the Holy Land, wandering from one place to another, instead of settling down, taking hold of ...
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Has anyone tried out the Har Hakarmel bein hashemashos climb according to various Rishonim?

The Gemara on Shabbos 35a says: אמר רבי חנינא: הרוצה לידע שיעורו של רבי נחמיה יניח חמה בראש הכרמל, וירד ויטבול בים ויעלה, וזהו שיעורו של רבי נחמיה. ‏ Anyone who wants to know the shiur of R' Nechemia'...
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Verses indicating that each person has an equal entitlement to a land-plot

In Numbers 26:53–54 (JPS), the Israelites are commanded: Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. To the more thou shalt give the more ...
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Why did it take 7 years to divide the land? [duplicate]

In Arachin daf 13 it says that it took 7 years for the Jews to conquer the land of Israel and 7 years to divide it (in the days of Yehoshua). From what I understand they divided the land through a ...
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Why Doesn't Rasag Mention Olives In The Five Fruits From Eretz Yisrael?

In his siddur, Rav Sa`adya haGaon (Rasa"g) mentions only four of the five species of peroth ha-ilan which are special to Eress Yisrael, leaving out zethim ("olives"). He does so in two places. Further,...
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Sources for Milchemet Mitzvah at this time

I heard recently a certain rabbi say that "nobody disagrees that [our "war" to conquer Israel] is a milchemet mitzvah." What sources are there, either way, for conquering Israel today being milchemet ...
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Why did it take so long to conquer and divide the land?

We learn that Yehoshua took 7 years to conquer the land and another 7 to divide it. Why did both of these take so long? Conquest (at least from the details of the description in the text) took at ...
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Vayigash - Why didn't the family go back?

The brothers and Yaakov moved to Egypt after Yosef revealed himself. Yosef asked them to move to Goshen because "there still remains 5 years of famine, and [if you were to stay in the land" you may ...
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What is the reason of the post-high-school year in an Israeli yeshiva?

Almost all the yeshiva high schools strongly push all the graduates to spend their year after high school in one of these programs. I am curious as to why there is this emphasis? What do rashei ...
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Tal UMatar - for whom?

According to the build-up in this question the point of Tal UMatar is to pray for good rains in one's local area. The same seems to be assumed in other questions and especially a couple of different ...
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Mitzvah of walking in Eretz Israel [duplicate]

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?
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Yitzchak Avinu and Eretz Yisrael

I remember reading somewhere that the reason Yitzchak did not go to see Rivkah before engaging/marrying her (even though you are supposed to see the girl before engaging/marrying her per gemara ...
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Bracha of Matziv Gevul Almanah

In which practically applicable situation(s) (if ever) nowadays would one make the Beracha of מציב גבול אלמנה? I'm looking for a Halachic definition of which places would qualify, when the Beracha ...
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Why “Sim shalom” at mincha on Shabas?

Using an Israeli sidur (prayer book) nusach Ashk'naz recently, I saw that it had "Sim shalom" for mincha of Shabas (including Shabas yom tov, but not weekday yom tov), even though it had "Shalom rav" ...
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Why do Ashkenazim in Israel tend to use Nusach Sefard?

Generally, the original non-Chassidic Ashkenazi community in Israel were followers of the Vilna Gaon. Since they were practically the only Ashkenaz presence in Israel, they were able to institute many ...
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What are we supposed to do with idolatry in Israel?

What is the halacha concerning what Jews should do with idolatry and idolaters in the land of Israel (considering that the Torah says in Deuteronomy 7:5 to cleanse the Holy Land from idolatry)? ...
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Must Shevet Levi Follow Dina Demalchusa Dina In The Land Of Israel?

The Ran in Nedarim (28a) states: The Law of Dina Demalchusa only applies to a non Jewish King, for the land is entirely his, and he can say if you do not follow my edicts I will banish you from the ...
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Halachic basis for opposing erection of a giant statute of Jesus in Israel

According to JewishIsrael.com an Arab Christian group plans to build a giant statute of Jesus on Har Kedumin (Mt. Precipice) near Nazareth on Jewish National Fund land. The Minister of Tourism, Uzi ...
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Archeological finds related to King Hezekiah's closing a wellspring under Jerusalem?

The Gemara says that King Hezekiah (Chizkiyahu) closed one of the springs of water in (under?) Jerusalem, so the Assyrian army wouldn't be able to use it. Do we have any guesses what exactly that ...
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Oleh Regel Today

Is there a Mitzvah to be Oleh Regel in today's days (meaning when there is no Beis Hamikdash)?
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Source for “Hamakom” said at shiva and variations

What is the source for the text of hamakom? In Israel I noticed that they add some words that I never heard in the States (something like"vlo yosifo lidavek?od") , what is the source for them and why ...
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Is a gentile living in Eretz Yisrael obliged to be circumcised?

Let's say a gentile is living in Lebanon or western Jordan, or west bank or even the State of Israel. Is he obliged to get circumcised since he live is Eretz Yisrael ?
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What happened with G-d's promise?

In Bereshit 15:18 G-d makes a covenant with Abraham in which He says that He has given certain land to Abraham's descendants. בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כָּרַת יְהֹוָה אֶת אַבְרָם בְּרִית לֵאמֹר לְזַרְעֲךָ ...
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Prophesy in the book of Ezekiel

There is a prophesy at the end of the book of the prophet Ezekiel which gives a guide regarding the re-division of land between the 12 tribes of Israel. It is different to the way that Joshua was told ...
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Who says Barchu at the end of davening?

Here in Israel, at the end of Shacharit most days, and Maariv all the time, someone says Barchu. In Nusach Sefard, it's before Aleinu; after in Nusach Ashkenaz. It is generally said by someone who ...
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In Israel, what do you do if Isru Chag of Pesach is on Shabbat?

In Israel, if Isru Chag of Pesach is on Shabbat, when do people reacquire their chametz that they sold on Pesach? Do they acquire it retroactively after the holiday is over, OR do they not acquire it ...
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Copper mining in ancient Israel

The Torah promises [successful] copper mining in Israel's mountains: אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר ... וּמֵהֲרָרֶיהָ תַּחְצֹב נְחֹשֶׁת׃ a land ... from whose hills you can mine copper. (Deut 8.9) I tried to ...
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How did the 2.5 tribes override a Deoraytah Mitzvah of settling the land of Israel?

IIRC, the Pshat of the Torah clearly implies that the purpose of the Exodus was to inherit the Land of Israel, and G-d commands Bney Israel many times to enter the promised land, to settle it, etc. It ...
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Talking improperly about Eretz Israel

The Torah in Bamidbar 13-14, describes the story of the 12 spies in which 10 of them deceit Am Israel speaking slander about the land. This causes the people to fear and cry for no reason, leading to ...
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Importance of Aliyah in judaism

I've heard a lot that making Aliyah to Israel is really good, that it's a mitzvah and even that it's an obligation if you can. But how important it is to make Aliyah? Could you give me references/...
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How far out will Israel's borders reach at the time of Mashiach?

In Genesis 15:18, God promises Avram (Abraham) that his offspring will be given the land from the river of Egypt (it is disputed which body of water this refers to) all the way until the great river ...
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Can a Ger Toshav own land in Eretz Yisrael?

Once the ger toshav becomes accepted when the Yovel/Jubilee year is in effect, can the ger toshav own land in Eretz Yisrael?
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Population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered

What was the population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered the land to conquer it? I've heard that the population of Bnei Yisrael was ~2 million, and that in some sense of the word, Bnei ...
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Are all conversions to Orthodox Judaism (Haredi, Hasidic and Modern) recognized in Israel?

I am ready to convert to Judaism, but I am curious about how conversions performed under Orthodox auspices are perceived in Israel. For example, I understand that the current Israeli government is run ...
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Shalosh Shevuoth (The Three Oaths) - halacha or aggadata

I am aware that there is a long standing argument about whether the Shalosh Shevuot(1) are a Halachic concept to be reckoned with or "just" an aggadata. I'm sure that there are many varied opinions in ...
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Current Chicken Controversy in Jerusalem [closed]

The original questioner asked the following: What is the kashrus problem with Eida Chareidis Chickens, and why does the Eida think its not a problem? (kikar.co.il/194374.html – @kouty) However this ...
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Is prophecy impossible now?

According to SimpleToRemember.com (also known as Judaism online), prophecy is only possible if the majority of the Jewish people are living in Israel: Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the ...
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Why not catch up parshas right away? [duplicate]

This week, the parsha in chutz la'aretz is Parshat Shmini and in Israel, the parsha is Tazria-Mitzora because of the 8th day of Pesach in Chu"l falling on Shabbat. But why do they not read Tazria this ...
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Why did Jacob not return to Israel?

Why did Jacob and his clan not return to the Land of Israel when the famine subsided, after their stay in Egypt? We might have avoided slavery. God did not tell Abraham his descendants would be ...
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Where was Berit Ben Habetarim done?

I've always imagined that Berit Ben Habetarim was done in Eretz Yisrael, but someone recently told me it happened in Haran. Anybody have any sources for either?
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Is there a Jewish custom to travel to Israel at least once in a lifetime?

I once had a Jewish classmate. She told me that when she celebrated her bat mitzvah, she would have gone to Israel with her family, but she couldn't at the time, because there was too much war. Is ...
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What is this medallion?

This was given to me on my bat mitzvah several years ago, and I have no idea what it's about. Can you please explain/translate what this is? Does it have an official name? I'd like to read more about ...
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Are there any sources that translate the term “a land flowing with milk and honey”, as being literal rather than a metaphor?

The first usage that I can find that refers to Israel as a "land flowing with milk and honey" in Exodus 3:8: וָאֵרֵ֞ד לְהַצִּיל֣וֹ ׀ מִיַּ֣ד מִצְרַ֗יִם וּֽלְהַעֲלֹתוֹ֮ מִן־הָאָ֣רֶץ הַהִוא֒ אֶל־...
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Under what conditions may one leave Eretz Yisroel?

According to many Rabbinical Authorities you are only allowed to leave Eretz Yisroel if you have a valid reason. For example Parnasa (livelihood). What other reasons are valid for one to be able to ...
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How can tzedakah to the needy of Israel be justified?

In the Yad, the Rambam gives a set of priorities about tzedakah that could be summarized "near before far" except for the #1 priority of ransoming the captive. (Matenot Aniyim, 10.5) How does giving ...
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What's the reason for conquering the different nations in Joshua?

The first book of the prophets, Yehoshua, begins with God commanding Joshua to battle the various nations in Israel. Did these nations do any evil to the Jews prior? Or, was this simply the will of ...
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cities that start with ה־

There are a good number of cities referred to in Y'hoshua, of course, and a sizable percentage (I'm guesstimating about 5%) of them start with ה־‏‎ (most famously הָעַי‎, I think).What ...

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