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by Joel Rich

My Shavuot Learning – Coincidence?

Rambam Hilchot Mlachim Chapter 5: 9-10

Similarly, one may leave Eretz Yisrael to conduct commercial enterprises. However, it is forbidden to leave with the intent of settling permanently in the Diaspora unless the famine in Eretz Yisrael is so severe that a dinar’s worth of wheat is sold at two dinarim.

When do these conditions apply? When one possesses financial resources and food is expensive. However, if food is inexpensive, but a person cannot find financial resources or employment and has no money available, he may leave and go to any place where he can find relief.

Though it is permitted to leave Eretz Yisrael under these circumstances, it is not pious behavior. Behold, Machlon and Kilyon were two of the great men of the generation and they left Eretz Yisrael only out of great distress. Nevertheless, they were found worthy of death by God.

Great sages would kiss the borders of Eretz Yisrael, kiss its stones, and roll in its dust. Similarly, Psalms 102:15 declares: ‘Behold, your servants hold her stones dear and cherish her dust.’


Message for Leaders past ,present and future

Rambam Hilchot Mlachim Chapter2-3

Just as the Torah has granted him great honor and obligated everyone to revere him; so, too, has it commanded him to be lowly and empty at heart, as Psalms 109:22 states: ‘My heart is a void within me.’ Nor should he treat Israel with overbearing haughtiness. For Deuteronomy 17:20 describes how ‘he should not lift up his heart above his brothers.’

He should be gracious and merciful to the small and the great, involving himself in their good and welfare. He should protect the honor of even the humblest of men.

When he speaks to the people as a community, he should speak gently, as I Chronicles 28:2 states ‘Listen my brothers and my people….’ Similarly, I Kings 12:7 states ‘If today, you will be a servant to these people….’

He should always conduct himself with great humility. There is none greater than Moses, our teacher. Yet, he said Exodus 16:8: ‘What are we? Your complaints are not against us.’ He should bear the nation’s difficulties, burdens, complaints, and anger as a nurse carries an infant.

Psalms 78:71 refers to a king as a shepherd: ‘to pasture, Jacob, His nation.’ The prophets have described the behavior of a shepherd (Isaiah 40:11): ‘He shall pasture His flock like a shepherd, He shall gather the lambs with His arm and carry them in His bosom.”

His heart is the heart of the entire congregation of Israel.


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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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