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Two Interesting Questions

What does a frog have to do with taking interest on a loan?

Ribbit, Ribbit.

Some food for thought for this weeks parsha. Rashi [25/38] teaches that if one lives in Israel then it is as if he has a G-d, but if one lives in Chutz L'aretz it is as if he has NO G-d. That itself requires understanding. What does THAT mean?? "Hashem is here, Hashem is there, Hashem is truly everywhere!" Even outside of Israel.

But besides that we must understand something else. This lesson is taught in the context of the prohibition against taking interest on a loan [Ribbis]. There must then be some relationship between Ribbis and living in Israel. What would that be??

All answers are accepted.

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Good Shabbos, Good Shabbos!

Perhaps it's talking about the spiritual level of Eretz Yisrael... just as Tzaddikim are called Shabbath because they are always on the level of Shabbath.

Someone who doesn't have emunah in HaShem that all his needs will be provided by HaShem, is like someone who lives outside of Eretz Yisrael, and vice versa.

So, naturally it's brought here by Ribit, because who could lend without interest other than someone who knows that the money (and all of a person's other needs) comes from HaShem to begin with?

ps. in other words, one who lends money without interest is like someone who lives in Eretz Yisrael.

[Rebbe Nachman connects the idea of Emunah and Eretz Yisrael to the passuk Eretz Ochelet et Yoshveha Likkutei Moharan I:129]

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