Land Of Mitzvos

For more than 14 years, Kinyan Eretz Yisrael has been providing Jews with a unique opportunity that's been sealed for generations.

An aura of enthusiasm can be felt in Jewish communities worldwide with the introduction of an exciting, enterprise undertaken by a group of distinguished Israeli Rabbis. This group, the Kinyan Eretz Yisrael, feels a deep concern about the fact that most Jews living outside Eretz Yisrael do not have the opportunity of personally fulfilling the many Mitzvos pertaining specifically to the Holy Land, e.g. terumot, maaserot, shemittah, etc. Altogether, we are talking about over 28 Mitzvos!

However, Kinyan Eretz Yisrael has found an innovative if not entirely original solution to this problem. After consulting with leading Rabbis, first and foremost among them Hagaon Harav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv ZT"L, the idea was proposed for every Jew, wherever he may be, to lease a small plot of agricultural land in Eretz Yisrael (four amot) for a nominal fee and thereby be able to fulfill all these special Mitzvos pertaining to the Land on his own piece of property.

How does this work? Kinyan Eretz Yisrael has set up, specifically for this purpose, a wheat farm and a grape vineyard where farmers, acting on behalf of their landowners worldwide, will cultivate and grow produce. When harvest time comes and the various appropriate Mitzvos must now be fulfilled, every landowner/member will receive a personal notification from the offices of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael that he is to appoint Kinyan Eretz Yisrael as his emissary to carry out the relevant Mitzvos. Thus it will be considered as though he, himself, has personally performed these Mitzvos!

Kinyan Eratz Isral Land

In addition, every member receives an official document attesting to his membership in the Kinyan Eretz Yisrael Association. This attests to him being the legal owner of his plot of land in Eretz Yisrael for the period of his lease.

As mentioned before, this idea is not entirely original. A letter written more than two hundred years ago, sent by the disciples of the Vilna Gaon who came to Eretz Yisrael and settled in Tzefat, states that they acted on behalf of their brethren in the Diaspora to fulfill the special mitzvoth pertaining to the Land. For reasons unknown, however, with time this fell out of practice, and so it is not surprising that now there is great excitement at the reintroduction of this wonderful custom.

In fact, the offices of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael have already been overwhelmed with applications from all over the world. One, however, stands out most. It is from a man who is not only buying plots of land for his entire family but also wishes to honor a close friend by buying a plot on his behalf.

The goal of Kinyan Eretz Yisrael is to create a situation where every Jew is able to have his own four amot in Eretz Yisrael, and therefore Kinyan Eretz Yisrael is eager that all Jews around the world will be able to join and benefit from fulfilling these Mitzvot.

It is worth noting here the words of the Talmud (Sotah 14a):

Rav Simla'i expounded: Why did Moshe Rabbeinu long to enter Eretz Yisrael? Was it because he needed to eat its fruit or satiate himself with its goodness?! Rather, this is what Moshe said: O Yisrael was commanded with many Mitzvos that can only be observed only in Eretz Yisrael. Let me enter the Land so that I may fulfill them all myself.

Let us all join the call of our spiritual leaders and make sure that we and our friends join this holy enterprise, as they have written in their warm letter of recommendation:

"Fortunate is one who is privileged to be partner in this distinguished group and is thus able to fulfill these precious mitzvoth in the best way possible"