Deuteronomy 32:8

Hebrew Bible

6 Is this how you repay the Lord, you foolish, unwise people? Is he not your father, your Creator? He has made you and established you. 7 Remember the ancient days; bear in mind the years of past generations. Ask your father and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you. 8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided up humankind, he set the boundaries of the peoples, according to the number of the heavenly assembly. 9 For the Lord’s allotment is his people, Jacob is his special possession. 10 The Lord found him in a desolate land, in an empty wasteland where animals howl. He continually guarded him and taught him; he continually protected him like the pupil of his eye.

Torah Shebikhtav, Lech Lecha, Torah Ohr 2

Shenei Luchot HaBerit

G–d chose us from all the other seventy nations to be our G–d, and chose us to be His people. He gave the other seventy nations their respective languages and countries, all under the supervision of seventy representatives at the Celestial Court. Our tongue, however, is a holy tongue. To us He gave the Holy Land, a land that is supervised by G–d directly and not through one of His agents. This land is situated "opposite" its counterpart in the Heavenly Spheres. We cannot lay a claim to this land except through removal of the foreskin, which represents the קליפה, the symbol of the serpent's pollution, the influence of the סטרא אחרא. If Jews should fail to observe this commandment, G–d forbid, then this would be something shameful for the land, i.e. ערות הארץ, since all students of Kabbalah are aware that the ארץ ישראל in the Heavenly Regions, i.e. the emanations of יסוד ומלכות symbolise the secret of the relationship between Zion and Jerusalem on earth.

 Notes and References

"... wherever you find our sages, of blessed memory, making mentioned of The Ingathering of Israel-Knesset Yisroel-כנסת ישראל, they are referring to this Divine quality called Lord-Adona”y-אדנ״י, which is called the Indwelling Presence of HaShem-יהו״ה (Shechinah-שכינה) and all the other titles that we have mentioned. It is to this quality that the entire assembly of the Jewish people adhere to, and through it they are gathered and assembled. It likewise is this quality that separates the children of Israel from all the nations of the world, as the verse states, “I have separated you from the nations to be Mine.” (Deuteronomy 32:8-9) ..."

Gikatilla, Yosef Gates of Light: A Translation and adaptation into English of Shaarei Orah (p. 103) The Neirot Foundation, 2023

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