Books: Tribal Lands — The Twelve Tribes of Israel in Their Ancestral Territories

Tamar Weissman explains the connection between each tribe and the tract of land it was apportioned in the Bible.

May 28, 2015 12:43
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Tamar Weissman

Tamar Weissman. (photo credit: ANDREA BROWNSTEIN)


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Jewish tradition is full of sources claiming a metaphysical connection between the Jews and the Land of Israel.

The Babylonian Talmud (at the end of the tractate of Ketubot) somewhat hyperbolically equates living outside Israel to idol worship. Nahmanides, in a kabbalistic exegesis that seeks to explain this perturbing talmudic declaration, states that in every land but Israel, God’s eminence is not felt directly but rather is delegated to the various angels of the nations of the world.


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