Sources and Commentaries:

Own The Holy Land has compiled just a few sources as to why the Land of Israel is special and holy to all. Please consult with your own Rabbinic authority if you have any questions:

"One who purchases 4 cubits (amot) in the Land of Israel is assured a portion in the World to Come" Midrash Zuta Ruth 4:5  

Settling (not leaving desolate) Eretz Israel is a Mitzvah that encompasses all the Torah. "For all those who walk in it four Amot, have a portion in the World to Come, which is all life". Or Ha Chayim on Devarim 30:20

Ha Kaddosh Baruchu said: "Eretz Israel is more beloved to Me than everything".  Bamidbar Rabba 23

"For the Lord will surely bless you in the Land" (Deut 15 : 14). This text indicates that blessing exclusively hinges on the Land of Israel. 

"All the life force that I have merited was due to the few days that I made in Eretz Israel".  Rebbe Nachman of Bresslov

Said the Holy One Blessed be He:  "A small group in the Land of Israel is dearer to Me than a full Sanhedrin outside the Land". (Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 86)

"Hashem loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Yaakov". (Tehillim 87, 2)

All the benefits, blessings, and sources of comfort which the Almighty will ever confer upon the people of Israel will come only from Zion. (Vayikra Rabba 24)

"The Land of Israel lacks nothing". (Berachot 36)

"The air of Eretz Israel makes one wise" (Bava Batra 158b)

"You shall arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her, the set time has come. For your servants take pleasure in her stones and embrace the dust thereof " (Tehillim 102: 14)

The Chofetz Chaim stated in his practical way, that the value of a commandment which a Jew performs in the Land of Israel, like putting on Tefillin, is twenty times greater than the performance of the same precept outside of the Land. In Israel, the performance of a commandment is natural to our lives. Even song is possible only in Eretz Israel, as it says, "How can we sing Hashem's song on foreign soil?" (Tehillim, 137:4.)


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