The Desert Travels and the Mitzvah of Yishuv Eretz Yisrael

Were the 42 masaot a kindness from Hashem (Rashi), were they a punishment, or were they a test and thus a testament to Bnei Yisrael’s faithfulness (Seforno)?

The Malbim and the Baal Shem Tov’s approach to why Bnei Yisrael had to spend forty years in the desert.

The mitzvah to settle the Land of Israel.


Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 30, 2019 (27 Tammuz 5779)

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