Dvar Torah BeHar-Chukotai 5773 2013

If the Jewish people in Israel would live according to the laws of the Torah, אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת מִצְוֹתַי (Lev. 26,3) we are promised among other things that rain will fall in their due time and the land would give its produce. What follows is a description of prosperity and plenty in the Land of Israel. The Sifra, which is the Halachic Midrash on the Torah, goes a step further based on the blessing Hashem gave to Avraham, וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה , “…and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.” (Gen.12,4)

The Sifra states that all nations of the world will come to you to purchase food because of your prosperity. In the ancient world which was limited in scope this promise seems feasible. In the modern world, which has expanded to encompass the entire globe, this blessing is still true but has acquired a different meaning.

In today’s world its implication could refer to fields of modern technologies and discoveries. In this sense it is certainly true that the entire world turns to Israel to take advantage of its new expertise, skills and innovations. This little country has offered the world far more proportionately than any other country on the earth.

Even Israel’s greatest enemies are constantly using the gifts coming from Israel even though they refuse to recognize their source and certainly would not give Israel credit for its contributions to modern advancements.

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