Section: Galus & Geula Category: Eretz Yisroel
|Maharsha - There Is No Point For Some People Come To Eretz Yisroel For Yom Tov|
The gemara (Pesachim 8b) says that a person who does not own land has no mitzva to be Oleh Regel, and he may stay home. Why is this? The Maharsha explains that the main mitzva of Oleh Regel is to be happy with your produce that your are obligated eat in Yerushalayim like Bikurim and Maaser Sheini and to gladden the hearts of the poor, the Geirim, and the Levi'im by sharing with them. Only then is your mitzva L'Sheim Shamayim. If you don't own land and cannot make others happy with your produce, there is no point to come for Yom Tov and your presence is not needed.
The gemara continues this idea, says the Maharsha, and explains that this is the reason that Yerushalyim lacks the natural attractions like the sweet Ginosar fruits and the healing hot springs, that can be found in the north of Eretz Yisroel. Coming for Yom Tov to Eretz Yisroel is about being happy with Hashem and gladdening the hearts of the downtrodden. It is not to indulge yourself and to mingle with those who do not need your help!