A Timely Reminder of Israel's Promised Southern Border!

Yonaton Behar,

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Yonaton Behar
Yonaton is happily married with 6 children, and 8 grandchildren, and lives in the most amazing Torah community in the world - Har Bracha.

As circumstances continue to "heat up" in Gaza, just a timely reminder of the southern border of the Land of Israel God promised us. (Keep burnin' those tires, fellas!)

The Southern Border of the Promised Land of Israel – The River of Egypt

We have learned from the verses (Bereshit, 15:18; and Bamidbar24:5) that the southern border is the River of Egypt (Nahal Mitzraim). There are differing opinions where this is. According to the majority of Rishonim and Achronim (early and later halachic authorities), Nahal Mitzraim is the eastern tributary of the Nile River, at the northern tip of the Suez Canal. This is the opinion of Rashi, Rambam, Tosafot, Rabbi Eliyahu Mizrachi, Tosafot Yom Tov, and the Gaon of Vilna. According to other poskim, Nahal Mitzraim is Nahal El Arish. This is the opinion of the “Kaftor V’Perach,” in the name of Rabbi Sadiah Gaon, the Radbaz, and seemingly, the Even Ezra.

Between those authorities who maintain that Nahal Mitzraim is the eastern extension of the Nile, at the head of the Suez Canal, there are two opinions concerning the southern part of the Sinai Desert. Those who say that the entire lower half of the Sinai Peninsula is part of Eretz Yisrael include Rashi and Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi in the “Kuzari” (Ch.2:14). Others say that it is not a part of Eretz Yisrael, and this seems to be the opinion of the Rambam. Nevertheless, according to all the differing opinions, it is clear that all of the Gaza Strip is within the boundaries of Eretz Yisrael.

(Taken from Rabbi Eliezer Melamed's "Peninei Halakha: Ha'am ve' Ha'aretz", Chapter 3 "The Borders of the Land")