Lech Lecha
Eretz Yisroel’s Border Patrol And The Leaders Of The Free WorldIn Parshas Lech Licha, Hashem tells Avrohom that he will give his children Eretz Yisroel, “LaAchuzas Olam” (17:8).  Rashi says that Hashem will be our Hashem in Eretz Yisroel.  However says Rashi, a Ben Yisroel who lives in Chutz LaAretz, is as if he doesn’t have a Hashem.  The Sifsei Chachomim brings the Maharal in Gur Aryeh, that says that each nation has a Sar, a minister in heaven that oversees the needs of that country.  Eretz Yisroel has no Sar.  Hashem’s directly oversees all that goes on within its borders.  A person who crosses the border out of Eretz Yisroel is leaving the direct control of Hashem and subjecting himself to a Sar.

Of course a Sar has no power other than is allocated to him by Hashem.  The ministers all line up at the border of Eretz Yisroel and wait for the spillover of Shefa Bracha that Hashem sends down to the world through Eretz Yisroel.  They then take it back to their nation.  A country’s prosperity depends on the power of its Sar in Shamayim.  When Hashem wants to topple a nation, he topples its Sar in Shamayim.  The earthly leader of the nation is in the same mold as their Sar above.  (The Minchas Eluzer of Munktach, in the 1930’s, said of Czechslovakia that they are not a legitimate nation, since he knows they have no Sar in Shamayim.  This angered the government to no end.)

As you can imagine the Yehudim of each nation are not first on the distribution list when the Sar divides up its allocation.  We must wait our turn to get the leftovers from what the Sar has obtained.  So while in Eretz Yisroel the Yehudim get their bracha directly from Hashem, in Chutz LaAretz we must subsist on leftovers of the leftovers.


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