One of the times the Torah refers to the land of Eretz Yisrael as the land of milk and honey is in this weeks parsha. After the spies return from scouting out the land the first time they describe the land as a land “ flowing with milk and honey,” (Bamidbar 13:27). Why however, do the spies refer to Eretz Yisrael as a land flowing with milk and honey and why do we give Eretz Yisrael this name in general?
While there are probably many explanations for why Eretz Yisrael is compared to the natural resources of milk and honey I heard one very interesting insight from a man visiting my shul who quoted Rav Teichtel’s work the Eim Habanim Smeicha.
In the Eim Habanim Smeicha, Rav Teichtel explains, that although honey is kosher its source comes from a non-Kosher animal a bee. So too milk which comes from a cow is supposed to be blood but instead comes out of milk. Rav Teichtel points out how from here we see that both milk and honey are examples of things that come from something impure (i.e. a non-Kosher bee, non-Kosher blood) that come out pure (i.e. milk and honey). So too points out Rav Teichtel Eretz Yisrael has the ability to transform something impure into something holy.
Many of us thank GOD are already very holy, sanctified people but even for us the land of Eretz Yisrael can do alot to help us improve ourselves.
Some examples of how Eretz Yisrael helps us grow in spirituality include those who grow to have a greater appreciation of learning Torah in Yeshiva or Seminary, those that are spiritually uplifted after praying at the kotel for the first time or those who decide to serve the Jewish homeland by serving in the IDF. Maybe we can see that even those who give money to the land of Israel, which they decide to give tzeddakah too because they understand it is the Jewish homeland are included as those who grow in holiness because of Eretz Yisrael as well.
May we enjoy the spiritual growth symbolized by milk and honey and use it as a means to help brings us into the days of Moschiach may he come speedily in our days.
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom, Gut Shabbes