WHAT makes the land of Israel special?
It’s not just that the history and identity of the Jewish people are rooted there.
It’s not just that the land is holy; that, for example, the Tabernacle stood in Shilo for 369 years or the two holy Temples stood in Jerusalem.
It’s not just that Israel is the “Promised Land.”
It is also this: Certain agricultural laws in the Torah are observed only in Israel.
Two primary ones figure prominently in this week’s Torah portion, with an unusual implication: May the entire land of Israel be sold?