By: Rabbi Moshe Wolfson
A guided tour through the spiritual essence of Eretz Yisrael
Jews the world over know that Eretz Yisrael is a precious treasure. They long for a real connection to the Holy Land, but sometimes they lack the ability to feel that bond. The stones of the Kosel seem cold and hard to some; the streets of Yerushalayim, ordinary. Even those who can sense Eretz Yisrael’s spiritual power often thirst for a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the land. What is the nature of the kedushah of Eretz Yisrael? How can we be inspired by it? How can we – as tourists, as students learning for a year or more, or even as residents in Eretz Yisrael -- take advantage of the great opportunity of being in Hashem’s beloved land? Sacred Soil, by Harav Moshe Wolfson shlita, a revered Torah leader of our generation, examines the spiritual riches of Eretz Yisrael and its mekomos ha’kedoshim. Join Rav Wolfson on a tour of Yerushalayim’s spiritual essence. Understand the secret of the Kosel’s eternity, discover the hidden message that Mearas HaMachpelah whispers to every Jew. Learn why Rachel is buried apart from Yaakov and how this should affect our prayers at her burial site. Experience the ecstasy of Miron, hear the song of Yam Kinneres, and connect to the Arizal in the elevated mountains of Tzefas. Appreciate the power of tefilah at the burial site of Chana and Shmuel HaNavi, be surprised at Yam HaMelach, learn an important lesson from Shimon Hatzaddik and hear the prayer of Yaakov for our generation at the tomb of Shimshon HaGibbor. Whether you are traveling to Eretz Yisrael for a short trip, a year – or even a lifetime – make sure to pack Sacred Soil with you, to ensure that you understand, and feel, the kedushah of this land that is like no other.