Shavuot-What To Study:Do Kids Know About Eretz Yisrael?

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

On Shavuout  it is customary to study the Torah with our children. Make sure your children hear about Eretz Yisrael – straight from you. Because being faithful to Eretz Yisrael is a character trait that is passed on individually -- from parent to child and from each teacher to her or his student.

 Here are some bare essentials for you to learn personally with your own children:

 1. Rashi on the very first verse in the Torah - Breshit 1 1. The best known commentator on the Torah explains prophetically, many hundreds of years before it actually happened, that Jews will be accused of stealing the Land of Israel. He's referring to the "occupation" argument!

2. Breshit, Lech-Lecha (12:1): Note the FIRST topic G-d raises with the first Jew in the world (Abraham) is not democracy or even Shabat - it's Eretz Yisrael.

3. VaYikra 25:23. Eretz Yisrael must not be sold to others (and obviously not given away to others for free!)

4. BaMidbar 33:53. The commandment to settle the land of Israel.

5. Dvarim 7: 2. The famous "lo te-chanem". Has 2 separate meanings. The first  is not to glorify or prettify foreign cultures which contradict our own, such as the Palestinian culture of terrorism. For example, the Israeli artist who compared a suicide bomber to Snow White  Fortunately a heroic Israeli ambassador, Zvi Mazel, was on hand to deal with the problem.

The second meaning of "lo te-chanem" is not to allow Eretz Yisrael to fall into the hands of other nations.

6. Joshua Chapter 15 -- desc‎ription of the borders of Eretz Yisrael which most certainly include Jerusalem and the entire Judea and Samaria as well as Gush Katif (note the clear reference to Gaza (the vicinity of Gush Katif) being part of  the inheritance of the  tribe of Judah.

7. Gemara (Talmud), Eruvin, 45 Daf 1.  Emphasizes that border communities must be defended even against petty thieves (minor property crimes), even on Shabat. For those familiar with Talmudic logic, this teaches the importance of protecting one's borders hence one's country.

8. Israel's Declaration of Independence does not start with the words "Holocaust" or "peace". It starts with the words ERETZ YISRAEL!

Please study with your children -- and please explain to your children's principal and teachers the importance of teaching  these source materials -- and many more!