Is Life in the Diaspora Godless?
The Land of Israel and the Observance of Mitzvot in the View of Ramban

Devorah Zlochower

This lecture looks at Nachmanides’ radical notion that the fulfillment of the mitzvot is contingent upon living in the land of Israel. Nachmanides’ approach is cosmological. God’s relationship with the land of Israel is unmediated, thus, when the people of Israel are in their land that they can connect directly to God. Exile is not just exile from the land but exile from a relationship with God. The restoration of a direct relationship with God is also not dependent on sovereign control of the land;in this way it places premium value on living in the land of Israel but does not lead to a particular political vision.
Is Life in the Diaspora Godless?
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