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What will be the borders of Israel after the Messiah comes?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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1. The Biblical boundaries of the Land of Israel are outlined in the Book of Numbers 34:2-12.1

2. However, while Abraham was promised ten lands,2 his descendants only received seven of them. The other three - Ammon, Edom and Moab - were temporarily given to the descendants of Lot and Esau, but will return to the Jews with the coming of the Messiah.3


3. The Midrash4 tells us that Israel will expand and will be the size of the entire globe!

Footnotes

  • 1. You can find a map in the Artscroll Stone Edition p.923
  • 2. Genesis 15:19-21.
  • 3. see Deuteronomy 19:8.
  • 4. Yalkut Shimoni Isaiah allusion 503

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Israel's miraculously expantion

Posted by: Ben Sacks, UK on Jan 27, 2006

in the statement above you wrote "Israel will miraculously expand", surely it will not literally expand? maybe this is a metaphor for us ruling the world? or having the largest following on earth?

please explain

Editor's Comment

Or perhaps -- the holiness of the Land will extend across the entire globe.

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