Sanctity of Space, Part 2
Parashat Nitzavim

Ethan Tucker

Even if God’s covenant with the Jewish people is eternal, perhaps the promise of landed sovereignty expires, and with it any notion of the enduring sanctity of the land of Israel. Or, we might read the boundaries of the land of Canaan laid out in the Torah as binding for all time, as designating a plot of land that is eternally sacred, or at least ripe for sanctity whenever the Jewish people control it with sufficient power and inhabit it with sufficient numbers. Is the land of Israel an important historical site? Or is it an enduring sacred space that constantly beckons the Jewish people to return to it even when they have left it for a long time?

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