A theological dimension appears in the Book of Deuteronomy , where a point is made about the difference between Egypt, which drinks river water, and the Land of Israel, which drinks rainwater. Rainfall is a symbol of divine providence. In lands that drink rainwater, on the other hand, man constantly senses his dependence on God, and for that reason such a land will sustain a regime of justice free of subjugation.
This is most pronounced in the early prophets, and above all in the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
We learn from that story that the dependence on rain is a form of trial. The land is located between the great river powers Egypt, Babylonia and between the desert and the sea. It is a middle land. It attracts all nations and is a pawn in the hands of the powers who fight for world dominion. Those who live in the land are tempted to take part in the struggle between the powers as a way to aggrandize power for themselves. In a word, then, the nature and status of this land embodies the conditions of the covenant made between the nation and God as expressed in the Torah.
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Cohen and Paul Mendes-Flohr. The book of Exodus tells the tale of Israel's liberation and birth, and of the beginning of God's covenanted nation. Declaration of independence of the modern State of Israel was announced on the day that the last British forces left Israel May 14, This marked the beginning of the War of Independence. Arab states have jointly waged four full-scale wars against Israel:. Despite the numerical superiority of the Arab armies, Israel defended itself each time and won.
After each war Israeli army withdrew from most of the areas it captured see maps.
This is unprecedented in World history and shows Israel's willingness to reach peace even at the risk of fighting for its very existence each time anew. Note that with Judea and Samaria Israel is only 40 miles wide. Thus, Israel can be crossed from the Mediterranean coast to the Eastern border at Jordan river within two hours of driving.
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This drawing by Dr. Semion Natliashvili depicts the modern ingathering of the Jewish People after 2, years of Diaspora.
The center image of the picture shows young and old man attired in prayer shawl and reading from a Torah scroll that has united the Jewish People. The Star of David symbolizes the gathering of the Jewish People from all corners of the world including Georgia country of birth of the artist , Morocco, Russia, America, China, Ethiopia, Europe and other countries joining together in dance and celebration. Other images inside the star symbolize modern Israeli industry, agriculture and military.
The images on the margins of the picture symbolize the major threats that the Jewish People faced in Exile starting from the Exodus from Egypt, followed by Romans, Arabs and culminating in the gas-chambers of the Holocaust in Europe.
Written by: Israel Hanukoglu, Ph. Quote from Charles Krauthammer - The Weekly Standard, May 11, "Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3, years ago.
Angel Gabriel said, 'Praise be to Allah, who guided you to Al-Fitrah the right path ; if you had taken the cup of wine, your Ummah would have gone astray'.
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Jerusalem was Islam's first Qiblah direction of prayer in Muhammad's lifetime, however, this was later changed to the Kaaba in the Hijazi city of Mecca , following a revelation to Muhammad by the Archangel Jibril ,  by which it is understood by scholars [ who? The exact region referred to as being 'blessed' in the Qur'an, in verses like , and ,    has been interpreted differently by various scholars. The Jewish Encyclopedia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Holy Land disambiguation. See also: Jerusalem in Islam and Syria region.
Key Concepts in Leisure Studies. London: SAGE. Retrieved 9 March Tourism frequently deploys metaphors such [as] pilgrimage [ Stockholm University School of Business. Retrieved 1 July Rodkinson Translator The Babylonian Talmud: all 20 volumes Mobi Classics. Retrieved 7 December A history of Palestine, Cambridge University Press.
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Policy on Jerusalem , Greenwood Publishing Group, , p. Soncino Press. Retrieved 27 June Eretz Israel in rabbinic lore Midreshei Eretz Israel : an anthology. Tehilla Institute.
Retrieved 19 June If one buys a house from a non-Jew in Israel, the title deed may be written for him even on the Sabbath. On the Sabbath!? Is that possible? But as Rava explained, he may order a non-Jew to write it, even though instructing a non-Jew to do a work prohibited to Jews on the Sabbath is forbidden by rabbinic ordination, the rabbis waived their decree on account of the settlement of Palestine.
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