Our Homelands – Our connection to land in Israel vs the Diaspora

Currently, most of the world’s Jews still live in Diaspora, even though the State of Israel has been in existence for more than 60 years. Jewish prayer and spirituality is focused on Jerusalem and Israel, yet most Jews choose not to move to our ancestral homeland.

Use these sources and questions below to help explore our relationship to land and answer the following overarching questions:

1) What is our connection/responsibility as Jews to land?

2) Does our connection/responsibility to land end at the borders of Israel or do we have a spiritual, moral or legal obligation to the lands on which we live as well? How do these obligations differ?

Materials developed by Noam Dolgin, www.noamdolgin.com.

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