Parashat Va’eira

Chapter 6; v.8

וְהֵֽבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נָשָׂאתִי אֶת־יָדִי לָתֵת אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּֽלְיַֽעֲקֹב וְנָֽתַתִּי אֹתָהּ לָכֶם מֽוֹרָשָׁה אֲנִי יְהוָֹֽה

And I will bring you in to the land, concerning which I swore to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for a heritage; I am the Lord.

The Hebrew term מורשה, “heritage,” occurs twice in the Torah. Once instance is the Pasuk cited above, referring to the Land of Israel, and the other is in Deut. 33:4 referring to the Torah.

This teaches us that our heritage, represented by the Land of Israel, can remain ours only if we conduct ourselves in the Land according to the code of conduct specified in the Torah. Without the Torah, the Land of Israel cannot survive, as it is written in Psalms: “And He will give to them the lands of the nations so that they may keep His statutes.” (Yalkut Chadash)