Parshat "Massei" closes the volume of "Bamidbar" (Numbers), fourth of the "Five Books of Moses". So right at the outset, Moshe Rabbeinu presents a list of all the last forty years' encampments of the Children of Israel. From Ramases in Egypt to the plains of Moab, where they're now encamped, barely a second before finally entering the Land of Israel.
"Hashem spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan, at Jericho, saying…You shall possess the Land and you shall settle in it, for to you have I given the Land to possess it."
This one verse, out of all the others, symbolizes so much for me. Proving, solving and justifying the many wars and battles throughout the generations! This is the Parsha which claims the Land of Israel for us, as an inheritance!
The more I think about it, the more I feel how privileged I am, not only to live in this most yearned for Land, but also in its holiest of cities!
Fittingly, in a Parsha which deals so completely with last-minute preparations of the Children of Israel before entering and inheriting their very own Land, I decided to present my most Zionist vision post, dressed in blue and white!
True, today is not Independence Day. But you remember these posts are based on Parsha of the Week and the Jewish calendar. So I decided this is my personal time to celebrate independence in our beloved Holy Land, which Hashem endowed to us – and to us alone!