11 He who tills his land shall have food in plenty, But he who pursues vanities is devoid of sense.
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יא עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע־לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵיקִים חֲסַר־לֵב׃
12:11 He who tills his land shall have food in plenty
Israel was intended to be an agrarian society, therefore in this verse, farming is seen as a worthy pursuit. The Bible strengthens the people’s connection to the Land of Israel through various agricultural celebrations, commemorations and obligations. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook points out that it is not these laws, unique to Eretz Yisrael, which make the land holy. Rather, it is the intrinsic holiness of the land that inspires these special agricultural commandments.