Sunday, November 7, 2010

On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever...

On a clear day, you can see forever...or at least to Moav.
We are now in the midst of the Biblical chapters about our Forefathers - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. G-d tells our forefathers to rise and look around them, and see all the land that their descendants will possess.
If you live in Tel Aviv or Herzlia, it might be difficult to understand this blessing. But for those who live in Judea and Samaria, everything is very clear, especially on a clear day.
Depending upon which town you're visiting, you can see all the way to the Mediterranean, to the coastal plain, to the Golan Heights, to the Negev, to East of the Jordan River...
Last week, I was traveling in Eastern Gush Etzion, and I called out to my husband, "Stop here!" He looked behind us and noticing that there was no there, he put on the brakes. "What??" "Look there to the East. You can see all the way across the Judean Desert to the hills of Moav. You can see the mountains that are today's Jordan. You can see the place where Moses and Aharon were buried, if we knew where that was."
The mountain ranges were so magnificent, so rich in different colors. Okay, no purple mountains majesty, but browns and oranges and tans. Deep earthy tones.
Traffic was quiet, so we just sat there for a moment and looked on at awe. First of all, the scenery was magnificent. Eastern Gush Etzion is magnificent in general. Secondly, it was very inspiring to think, "I can see all the way across the Dead Sea."

Lift up your eyes to the north, south, east and west, all the land you see will be for you and your descendants forever. (Genesis: 18:15)

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