The land of Israel has a very long, rich, and unique history. It is the birthplace of a unique nation and culture that has survived so much over many centuries and is still alive and thriving today. During the many years of exile and the diasporas of the Jewish people, there has always remained a Jewish presence in the Jewish homeland and the people never forgot the eternal bond with the land. In 1948 with the establishment of Israel, the world recognized its status as a nation.
The Jewish people were originally known as Hebrews, which was first used to describe Abraham in the Torah. The word is believed to be derived from the name Eber, who was one of Abraham’s ancestors, although another tradition teaches that it comes from the word “eyver”, which means “the other side” referring to the fact that Abraham was from the other side of the Euphrates and that he was separated from the other nations both morally and spiritually.
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