Job 1:1
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1  There was a man in the land of Utz named Iyov. That man was blameless and upright; he feared Hashem and shunned evil.

EESH ha-YAH v’-E-retz UTZ i-YOV sh’-MO v’-ha-YAH ha-EESH ha-HU TAM v’-ya-SHAR vee-RAY e-lo-HEEM v’-SAR may-RA

א  אִישׁ הָיָה בְאֶרֶץ־עוּץ אִיּוֹב שְׁמוֹ וְהָיָה הָאִישׁ הַהוּא תָּם וְיָשָׁר וִירֵא אֱלֹהִים וְסָר מֵרָע׃

 1:1   There was a man in the land of Utz 

Rashi (1040-1105)

The word Uz, in Hebrew utz (עוץ), is derived from the Hebrew word etz (עץ), meaning ‘tree.’ The Sages of the Talmud (Bava Batra 15a) teach that phrase “land of Utz” refers to Eretz Yisrael, called Utz in honor of Iyov, who protected the people of his generation with his steadfast righteousness. Just as a tree provides shade and protection from the sun, Iyov’s merit protected the inhabitants of the land. Similarly, before Moshe sent spies into Eretz Yisrael, he asked them to check whether or not there were any trees in the land (Numbers 13:20). The medieval commentator Rashi explains that Moshe was really asking, “Does the Land of Israel have a worthy man living in it, who will protect the inhabitants with his merit?”

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  • There is a song…." and all the trees of the field will clap their hands"..I love trees! Trees are created by a beautiful heart and mind!

    • shalom thank you very much for sending me an story about job life of iyov i learn a lot, kindly continue sending me an email about the story chapter about the life of iyov coz it's makes me happy. thank you for your kindness my god bless you……

 

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