34:2 The land of Canaan with its various boundaries
Chapter 34 describes the biblical boundaries of the Land of Israel. These boundaries are important, since a number of mitzvot (מצוות), ‘commandments,’ apply only within these borders. Many of the biblical laws that apply specifically inside Eretz Yisrael are agricultural ones that are intrinsically connected to the land. Many of them mandate providing for those who cannot provide for themselves, either because they are poor or because they do not have their own portion of land. How special is the Land of Israel: Caring for others is inherent in living there.