Leviticus 14:34
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34  When you enter the land of Canaan that I give you as a possession, and I inflict an eruptive plague upon a house in the land you possess,

KEE ta-VO-u el E-retz k’-NA-an a-SHER a-NEE no-TAYN la-KHEM la-a-khu-ZAH v’-na-ta-TEE NE-ga tza-RA-at b’-VAYT E-retz a-khu-zat-KHEM

לד  כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל־אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן לָכֶם לַאֲחֻזָּה וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת בְּבֵית אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם׃

 14:34 When you enter the land of Canaan that I give you as a possession

Theodor Herzl (1860-1904)

In addition to the sin of lashon hara, speaking negatively about others, lacking generosity and being unwilling to give to other could also cause tzaraat to appear on one’s home. The Kli Yakar points out that once they took possession of the land, the Israelites found many homes filled with riches. If they failed to share what they had, Hashem would afflict those homes. Hashem bequeathed the Jewish people the Land of Israel with the expectation that they would share its bounty with others. From its inception, the contemporary State of Israel internalized this message; it is often the first to volunteer its resources and knowledge to help countries in need. In his book Altneuland, Theodor Herzl wrote that following the establishment of a Jewish national home, Jews would come to the aid of the suffering people in Africa, whose “problem, in all its horror, only a Jew can fathom.” Israel’s founding leaders took this admonition to heart and, in 1958, Golda Meir, then Israel’s Foreign Minister, created a department whose mission was to help Africa overcome problems of water, irrigation, agriculture and education.

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  • Thank you Herman – How amazing is this, by being the witnesses of Hashem, the world rejected the Jewish people, but it wasn't the Jews who were rejected but Hashem. The world will always fight/reject anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, we only have to look around the world to see how moral and ethical standards have fallen, and should someone raise their voice in protest they are quickly pushed down. The Jewish people by honouring Hashem and keeping His laws have unwittingly taken the world's scorn. Rejection seems to small a word to adequately describe the attitude of the world to the Jewish people. I've never really thought about this untill reading your comment Herman, and I quote "I am Jewish. That was quite a shock for me and my easy living was over. Because I want to be faithful and dedicated I now feel the double responsibility I have towards others. The kippa reminds me that HIS WORDS are entrusted to our people (that's why I wear a kippa)" unquote.
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    I have always known that the world owes much to the nation of Israel, in terms of inventions, medicine, physics and science etc. However I have never considered, untill starting this Bible study, the implications and restraints placed on the Jews by Hashem.
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    I wonder if you will get to read this Herman, I hope so. Thank you!

  • Yes, I think that's true. I come from a household that was not practising Jewish faith. I always commented that those who are Jews would have a double responsibility towards non-Jews seeing the promises from the Scripture. Some 10 years ago a Rebbe preached and told me I am Jewish. That was quite a shock for me and my easy living was over. Because I want to be faithful and dedicated I now feel the double responsibility I have towards others. The kippa reminds me that HIS WORDS are entrusted to our people (that's why I wear a kippa) and have been blessed so much by ackowledging it, that I know this is reallty true. So not only living in the land of Israël stands for a greater accountability, but as one of the "chosen people" outside our country too!!!

 

Leviticus 14:34

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