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    Indigenous in Israel – Vayyeshev

    The name of the sidra tells us a great deal. Vayyeshev Yaakov b’eretz m’gurei aviv, b’eretz K’naan – “And Jacob dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan” (Gen. 37:1).

    His brother Esau had moved elsewhere, but for Jacob there was no other possibility than to live in the land which was part of the Divine promise, and to maintain the chain of family tradition established by his grandfather Abraham.

    Events would later necessitate a temporary move to Egypt, but at no time did the family lose sight of the fact that Israel was their God-given heritage, and their eventual return and resettlement reinforced the historic bond between soil and soul.

    God’s plan has always entailed the people of Israel living in the land of Israel.

    In Israel today, despite all the problems, we rejoice to see destiny unfolding and prophecy coming true. Olim are still arriving and finding fulfilment on the ancient soil.

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