Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Eretz Yisroel
A Reason Not To Come To Eretz Yisroel

Many people dream about moving to Eretz Yisroel but not everyone makes it.  What is holding them back?  The Alshich HaKadosh in Parshas Lech Licha (11:31) shares with us one of the fundamental factors that can torpedo our chances of getting there.  In the episode of Terach leaving Ur Kasdim with his family, there are number of peculiarities.  Why does it say in the pasuk that when they left Ur Kasdim they planned to go to Eretz Yisroel, yet ended up in Charan?  Why does it say they left Ur Kasdim, it is obvious since that is where they lived?  Why does it mention Terach's death before telling us that Avrohom went to Eretz Yisroel?  Avrohom left 60 years before his father's death. 

He answers that the Torah is teaching us that you will only be zocheh to make it to Eretz Yisroel if your reason for wanting to be there is your immense love of the land, Chibas HaAretz (what exactly that means is another importnat discussion.)  Terach was running away from Ur Kasdim after the incident with Avrohom.  Eretz K'na'an was the place where he would seek refuge.  That is why the Torah tells us he left Ur Kasdim and makes sure to point out that although his destination of choice was Eretz Yisroel, he never made it and ended up in Charan.  The ending of this particular lesson is that Terach died in Charan, which is why it mentions this fact in parsha even before we start to discuss Avrohom's personal journey.  Avrohom on the other hand travelled to Eretz Yisroel because of Chibas Ha'Aretz, like it says in the pasuk (12:1) "VaYeitzu Lalaches Artza Kna'an", he went out with only one mission, to go to Eretz Yisroel the land of his dreams.  The end of his story, unlike Terach's, "VaYavo'u Artza Kna'an", he made it there.


Eretz Yisroel (like Moshiach) is not an escape from the Tzorus facing us wherever we may be.  It is a place to come close Hashem.  it is a place we should yearn and strive to get to, no matter how comfortable our situation is where we are now and no matter the difficult situation is in Eretz Yisroel.  Only then do you stand a chance.