“And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall posses it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.” Deuteronomy 30:5
Have you ever dreamed of owning a piece of land in Eretz Israel? Unfortunately, that dream has been out of reach for many. Until now that is! Whether for religious or idealistic reasons, if you have $360 to spend, and care to fulfill mitzvoth such as Possessing the Land, Peah, Shmita, and others contingent upon Eretz HaKadosh, than you can purchase 4 biblical Amot / Cubits (5ft x 5ft) of agricultural land in Yavne’el, a village in the Southern Galilee who’s name translates to “God will build”.
The ‘OwnTheHolyLand.com’ initiative, founded by David Tavdi and Zev Zion, two New Yorker’s who made Aliyah because of their love for the land, seeks to connect Diaspora Jews to the Land of Israel in a simple and affordable way. Their mission is to help all those that love God’s land establish a physical and spiritual connection to it, while earning all the good that comes with that.
Indeed, many of the prominent sages of the Talmud believed that the Land of Israel and the Torah are intertwined and inseparable. So much so that they indicated that merely walking four Amot in Ertetz Israel can gain a person a place in the World to Come. Some went further on to say that the mitzvah of Yishuv HaAretz (Settling the Land), is equal to all the mitzvoth of the Torah. David and Zev say “If walking four Amot is a great mitzvah, than how about owning four Amot?”
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, a popular Kiruv Rabbi with a large following, is one of several rabbis that have endorsed the project.
“According to the Torah, we have 613 commandments. A portion of the commandments depend on being in the Land. So two great guys that I know, who used to live in New York and moved to Jerusalem, had this great idea. How about we share with people the land we own, and we will do all the mitzvoth the Torah commands on their behalf. This is a fantastic opportunity to participate in those commandments. I strongly recommend this idea.”
The initiative is catching on. According to the founders, there are buyers from all over the globe, and some have purchased multiple lots as gifts to their friends and loved ones. The purchase price of $360 is a one time expenditure, and OwnThe Holy Land assumes all the expenses and responsibilities for farming and maintaining the land. If you live in Israel, you also have the option of caring for and harvesting your own lot. “Just this past week, we planted olive trees and spelt wheat that we hope to use for making matzot” says David Tavdi. The ownership of the lots is via contractual right and Kinyan Kesef, and is in accordance with Halacha. There were originally 888 lots available. Many have already been sold, but there are still some lots available.
To purchase, or learn more about how it works, visit OwnTheHolyland.com You can also call David in Jerusalem at +972-(0)54-695-0437, or Zev in New York at 718-877-8944.