It is the opinion of many of the Sages of the Talmud that the Land of Israel and the Torah are intertwined and inseparable. One can only flourish with the other. Rabbi Yochanan indicated that the Land is so Holy, that merely walking 4 Amot/Cubits in it can gain a person a place in The World to Come. 

The Sages lavished praise on the mitzvah of Yishuv HaAretz (Settling the Land), going so far as to say it is equal to all the commandments of the Torah. The Ramban defines “Possession” as conquest and sovereignty, and “Settling” as not letting the land remain desolate. So significant is the act of purchasing land in Israel, that the Talmud allows for the lifting of certain Sabbath restrictions to further its acquisition and settlement. 

 

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