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4) THE PRODUCE OF ERETZ YISRAEL
(a) R. Avira and R. Yosi Bar Chanina came to a certain
place. They were served peaches measuring 8 Sa'im. They
ate 1/3, declared 1/3 ownerless, and gave 1/3 to their
5) THE DEARNESS OF ERETZ YISRAEL
(b) The next year R. Elazar went there. Upon seeing the
fruit, he quoted "The fruitful land has become a salty
(unfertile) land, from the evil of its inhabitants".
(c) R. Yehoshua Ben Levi went to Gavla. He saw grape clusters
the size of calves. He bewailed, 'Land (of Yisrael), take
in your fruit! For whom are you producing - for those
that stand against us because of our sins?!
(d) R. Chiya went there the next year; the clusters were as
goats. The inhabitants asked him to leave, lest he make a
(e) (Beraisa): When Eretz Yisrael was blessed, the area in
which one sows 1 Se'ah of seed produced 50,000 Korin (1
Kor = 30 Se'ah). When Tzo'an was settled such an area
produced 70 Kor.
(f) (Beraisa - R. Meir): I saw, in Beis Shan such an area
produced 70 Korin.
(g) The best land in Chutz la'Aretz is Egypt - "As the
garden of Hash-m, as Egypt"; the best area in Egypt is
Tzo'an - there they raised kings;
1. The worst part of Eretz Yisrael is Chevron - it was
used as a burial site - and still, it was 7 times
better than Tzo'an - "Chevron was built 7 years
(h) (Beraisa - R. Yosi): 1 Se'ah of grain in Yehudah used
to produce 5 Sa'im: 1 Se'ah of flour, 1 Se'ah of fine
flour, 1 Se'ah of bran, 1 Se'ah Morsan (bran that leaves
the sifter later), and 1 Se'ah of inferior flour.
2. Question: What does it mean "Was built"?
i. Suggestion: If it is understand simply - would
a person (Cham) really build a house for his
younger son (Kana'an) before a house for his
older son (Mitzrayim)?
3. Answer: Rather, it was 7 times better.
4. This applies to the muddy parts of Eretz Yisrael;
the other parts produced 500 Korin.
5. In times of blessing, it produces 100 times more -.
(i) A Kara'ite praised Eretz Yisrael: I inherited an area for
seeding 1 Se'ah; from it I get oil, wine, grain, legumes
and pasture for my cattle.
(j) An Emori (of the 7 nations originally in Eretz Yisrael)
was boasting that he used to harvest 120 Korin from a
date tree on the bank of the Jordan.
1. He had not understood that the Yisrael also
harvested that much.
(k) (Rav Chisda): Eretz Yisrael is compared to a deer just as
the skin of a deer cannot hold the flesh (after flaying),
also Eretz Yisrael cannot hold its abundance of fruit.
1. Also - just as a deer is the quickest animal, Eretz
Yisrael is the quickest land to ripen its fruits.
2. Suggestion: Perhaps just as a deer is swift but not
fatty, also Eretz Yisrael is quick to ripen fruits,
but they are not fat!
3. "Flowing with milk and honey" - they are fatter than
milk and sweeter than honey.
(a) When R. Elazar came to Eretz Yisrael, he said, 'I was
saved from 1 curse'; when he was ordained, he said, 'I
was saved from a 2nd'; when he was taught the secret of
declaring leap months, he said, 'I was saved from a 3rd'.
1. "In the secret of my nation they will not sit" -
this is the secret of declaring leap months; "they
will not be written among Beis Yisrael" - this is
ordination; "to the land of Yisrael they will not
come" - this is as the simple meaning.
(b) When R. Zeira was coming to Eretz Yisrael, he did not
find a ferry. He crossed on a narrow beam with a rope
above for support.
1. A Kara'ite: You are a hasty nation - you put your
mouths before your ears (We will do and hear), and
you are still in your haste!
(c) R. Aba used to kiss the rocks or Ako; R. Chanina would
fix places where one could stumble; R. Ami and R. Asi
would go to a shady or sunny area, according to the
2. R. Zeira: A land that Moshe and Aharon did not merit
to enter - who says that I will merit to enter it?!
(d) R. Chiya Bar Gamda would roll in the dirt - "Your
servants love its stones, and its dirt"
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(e) (R. Zeira): The generation in which Mashiach the son of
David will come, there will be accusations against the
1. (Shmuel): There will be decrees upon decrees.
(f) (R. Chiya Bar Ashi): In the future, all barren trees in
Eretz Yisrael will bear fruit - "The tree will bear its
fruit, the date tree and vine will give their strength".
2. (Rav Yosef): There will be looters upon looters.