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New Release: HaAretz Asher Areka

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

Rav Shnayor Burton recently released his new sefer on Eretz Yisrael called HaAretz Asher Areka (lit: The Land Which I Will Show You).

Rabbi Burton recorded a video for Operation Home Again sharing what inspired him to learn the sugya of Eretz Yisrael and his impetus for compiling his years of learning the subject into a sefer.

In this sefer's debut, Rabbi Burton writes:

"The product of years of study, lecturing and writing, this 208-page sefer presents my conclusions about the mitzvah to live in Eretz Yisrael. The sefer is not merely a collection of sources and opinions, but an in-depth, original and methodical treatment of this topic that touches on the fundamentals of the Torah and draws on all of Torah literature. Along the way, I discuss the following questions and more:

  • What constitutes a mitzvah?

  • Must we refrain from action as we await Mashiach?

  • Why did a large community remain in Bavel during the period of Bayis Sheni?

  • Are there situations in which a person should choose to live in exile?

  • Why is Eretz Yisrael so central to the Torah?

The sefer is available for purchase in Judaica stores and online here.

Be"H in the coming weeks, we will be featuring a regular column in this newsletter with excerpts translated from the sefer.


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