Rabbi Ishtori Haparchi, author of Kaftor Vaferach (1280-1366)

The book Kaftor Vaferach, written in 1322, details the geography of Eretz Yisroel and discusses the great mitzvah to live there: “It was taught in the name of Rabbi Meir: Whoever establishes his residence in Eretz Yisroel, speaks the Holy Tongue, eats only ritually clean food and recites Shema morning and evening is guaranteed the World to Come (Yerushalmi Shkalim 14b). However, they must not go up with the intent of conquering until the end arrives, as it states in the end of tractate Kesubos: Do not arouse or awaken… Rabbi Zeira says: This teaches that Israel must not go up as a wall.” (Kaftor Vaferach chapter 10, p. 197)


Rabbinic Quotations