9 but if you turn back to Me, faithfully keep My commandments, even if your dispersed are at the ends of the earth, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I have chosen to establish My name.’
v’-shav-TEM ay-LAI ush-mar-TEM mitz-vo-TAI va-a-see-TEM o-TAM im yih-YEH ni-da-kha-KHEM bik-TZAY ha-sha-MA-yim mi-SHAM a-ka-b’-TZAYM va-ha-vee-o-TEEM el ha-ma-KOM a-SHER ba-KHAR-tee l’-sha-KAYN et sh’-MEE SHAM
ט וְשַׁבְתֶּם אֵלַי וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם מִצְוׂתַי וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם אִם־יִהְיֶה נִדַּחֲכֶם בִּקְצֵה הַשָּׁמַיִם מִשָּׁם אֲקַבְּצֵם והבואתים [וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים] אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר בָּחַרְתִּי לְשַׁכֵּן אֶת־שְׁמִי שָׁם׃
1:9 And bring them to the place where I have chosen to establish My name
One thing that sets Judaism apart from other religions is the concept of a “chosen place.” Many biblical commandments are relevant only in the Holy Land, and according to some Jewish philosophers, even other biblical laws have a qualitative superiority when performed in the land. Additionally, as seen in this verse, Eretz Yisrael is meant to play a central role in the national redemption process, as it is the destination for the ingathering of the exiles. In the Tanakh, “the place,” or hamakom (המקום) in Hebrew, refers both to the Land of Israel and the site of the Beit Hamikdash. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Sages teach that this word is also one of God’s seventy names.