2 Enlarge the site of your tent, Extend the size of your dwelling, Do not stint! Lengthen the ropes, and drive the pegs firm.
har-KHEE-vee m’-KOM a-ho-LAYKH vee-ree-OT mish-k’-no-TA-yikh ya-TU al takh-SO-khee ha-a-REE-khee may-ta-RA-yikh vee-tay-do-TA-yikh kha-ZAY-kee
ב הַרְחִיבִי מְקוֹם אָהֳלֵךְ וִירִיעוֹת מִשְׁכְּנוֹתַיִךְ יַטּוּ אַל־תַּחְשֹׂכִי הַאֲרִיכִי מֵיתָרַיִךְ וִיתֵדֹתַיִךְ חַזֵּקִי׃
54:2 Enlarge the site of your tent
This verse contains a call to action for Jews everywhere to settle every corner of Eretz Yisrael and “enlarge” their presence in the land. Based on this verse, the Vilna Gaon urged his students in the eighteenth century to move to Israel. “All the precious treasures included in the blessing of harchava (‘enlargement’) will come only when action is first taken by the People of Israel themselves in an awakening from below” said the Vilna Gaon. “Our task is to not sit passively and wait for redemption from exile, but rather to take action and bring it about.” The Jewish people are not prisoners of fate, but partners with God in shaping their destiny. When they take action and settle the land, He will respond in kind and hasten the ingathering of the exiles.