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It states at the end of Parshas Vayishlach that Eisav took his wives and left the land to his brother Yaakov. The verse stipulates the reason that the land could not sustain both of them since they were so rich. Rashi-classic Bible commentator- adds that Eisav wanted no part of the decree that the inhabitants of the land of Israel would suffer 400 years of hardship.

Rashi's explanation answers the question why Eisav moved away and not Yaakov (since they both had so many possessions). Eisav moved away as he was afraid of what would happen to him and his family were he to stay in Israel. This proves that he maintained no inherent connection to the land.

The Jewish people have always viewed Israel as a focal point. Eleven of the 19 blessings of the silent devotion recited three times daily, concern our return to Israel. Jews suffered for the land of Israel. Jews fought and died for more than 3000 years for the land of Israel. It is a land that belongs to the Jews. All others need not apply.

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Reb Yisroel of Polotsk would often travel to Lubavitch to visit the Tzemach Tzedek - third Lubavitcher Rebbe. He once heard the Rebbe quote the Kabalistic text Sefer Habohir stating that when Avrohom was alive G'd's attribute of kindness complained to the Almighty that it had nothing to do. Avrohom had usurped its job. The Rebbe explained that Avraham was at an even higher level than this divine attribute because Avraham was able to manifest this quality even in the physical world. This accomplishment is made possible by the special power of the Jewish soul.

Reb Yisroel went back to his town totally enthused. His first day back at the market, he went to his friend Chaim for loan. He then loaned this money to his other friend Mordechai. Every day, Yisroel would borrow and lend money as a way of embodying kindness.

On his next trip to Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek requested that Yisroel visit him privately. The Rebbe quizzed him of his daily practices. When Yisroel told the Rebbe about his borrowing and lending to increase kindness in the world, the Rebbe smiled broadly and blessed him. The Rebbe's youngest son, Shmuel-later to be known as the Rebbe Maharash-asked his father why he had showered such attention on that simple shopkeeper. Answered the Tsemech Tsedek, "I saw he was enveloped by a pillar of divine light, the sublime light of Divine Kindness."

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In memory of Yisroel Yaakov ben Hirsh Leib Niftar Kislev 26, 5783 and

Chana bas Dovber HaLevi Niftar Teves 8, 5783.

Chaim Elozar ben Dovber HaLevi Niftar Lag B'Omer 5783

May their families be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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