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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

THE HOLINESS OF ERETZ YISROEL [THE LAND OF ISRAEL]

THE HOLINESS OF ERETZ YISROEL
[THE LAND OF ISRAEL]

With Thanks to G*d
The Fifth Day to Shabbat
The Tenth Israel Independence Day Festival 5718
Tiberias

In honor of my heart's desire, the pleasant Mr. Zalman Shazar. Peace and great light from the great Eagle. May he hover over you every day, constantly, for the length of your days.

Behold I send to you my heartfelt blessing on the Tenth Israel Independence Day Festival. Blessed is the One who has sustained us and brought us to this time. Who has made for us open miracles in the eyes of the whole world and hidden miracles concealed from our minds. So too may we merit the Complete Redemption through the revelation of the holy knowledge of the True Tzaddik, the Flowing Stream the Source of Wisdom, may his merit protect us, Amen.

Through the sanctity of Eretz Yisroel [the Land of Israel] we merit to know of the True Rebbe. And according to how much we merit to attach and to be included with the True Tzaddik, so too do we merit a portion in Eretz Yisroel.

Eretz Yisroel is the encompassing holiness of all forms of holiness. In her we merit to escape from the perspective of "nature" and to know and to believe that everything is through Divine Providence alone. And this awareness is the essence of holiness. If a person were truly to believe in the sanctity of Eretz Yisroel, even in just one part in a thousand of her true holiness, surely he would run and fly to Eretz Yisroel with all his strength, and no obstacle could stop him.

Every member of Israel has a portion in Eretz Yisroel, and there is our life, there is our holiness, there is our home, there is our Land, there is our soil, there is our portion, there is our lot. And in Chutz Le'aretz [literally, "outside the Land"] we dwell like a guest with nowhere to lodge, who wanders around in the courtyards, marketplaces and streets, for there is not our land and our portion at all. And therefore it is called "Outside the Land," "outside" precisely. For we are standing on the outside, literally outside, and there is no one to gather us home until we shall come onto the Ground of Holiness.

By dwelling in Eretz Yisroel we can perceive the Providence of the Blessed Lord over the world.

Yisroel Dov Odesser
Tiberias

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