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Love affair with Israel

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The Jewish people have had a long love affair with Israel.

It’s probably one of the most extended loves for a land and for a place bar our first peoples. It was there at our beginning, it has been there for us throughout the long ages in which we were exiled from it or made exiles and strangers in it. It has preoccupied our prayers, it has impassioned our poets, it has driven our dreams. It dominates the identity of any caring or thoughtful Jew today.

It was there at our beginnings as a people: the very first Jews, Abraham and Sarah are called to leave their comfortable Babylonian Villa and set off to this place of promise.

The very first words to Abraham in the 12th chapter of the book of Genesis are- “God said to Avraham go, leave your birthplace and home and set off for the place that I will show you.”

It is the place and destiny of hope for the newly freed Israelites as they depart from the land of........

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