Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"All the inhabitants of the land have melted [in fear] of us"

The Haftorah concludes with the verse, "G-d gave the entire land into our hands and all the inhabitants of the land have melted [in fear] of us." This verse should serve as a directive for us at present. We should not return to the gentiles one inch of those portions of Eretz Yisrael which G-d has given us. And this resolve to maintain full possession of Eretz Yisrael will lead us to the era when the size of Eretz Yisrael will be increased and it will encompass the lands of 10 nations. Then it will be divided into thirteen portions, the tribe of Levi also receiving a share as mentioned above. And we will proceed to the Beis HaMikdash and offer the Thanksgiving sacrifice in thanks for our redemption from exile. May this be in the immediate future.

Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Parshas Shelach, 5751



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