Heschel On The Holiness of Israel

“The land was not holy at the time of Terah or even at the time of the Patriarchs. It was sanctified by the people when they entered the land under the leadership of Joshua.”

“We do not worship the soil. The land of Israel without the God of Israel will be here today and gone tomorrow.”

Source: Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Israel: An Echo of Eternity, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.