Archive for July, 2010

July 7, 2010

Laughing, Crying.

Rabbi Yishmael and Rabbi Akiva saw foxes walking on the temple mount, Rabbi Yishmael cried, Rabbi Akiva laughed. The Kedushat levi explains based on the Ramban the following: The earth is divided up between places that are intended by God to be settled and places that are meant to be wilderness. The Land of Israel , when its People are living on it is meant to be settled, but when others are living on it is meant to be wilderness. Rabbi Akiva was laughing because he was witnessing a vindication of the definitive relationship we have with the Land. So I suppose we should be laughing and crying at the same time, experiencing firsthand the lands opening up to us as a place meant to be inhabited, but still abounding with as yet unrealized potential. Gevalt, Oy Gevalt.