Why you should pack your bags and come to Israel

Rashi writes that the Jewish people settled comfortably in Goshen, whereas the Midrash usnderstands that, to the contrary the land ‘grasped’ them and posessed them. However in truth there is no contradiction here, as each commentary is speaking from its own viewpoint: Rashi explains that at the literal level, the Jewish people prospered in exile. The Midrash however gives a deeper insight, and explains that even while the Jewish people appeared to be superficially to be prospering in exile, in truth however their very presence in a non-Jewish land was ‘grasping’ them away from Jewish values.

Chumash, the Gutnick edition.

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