According to Malbim, the Land of Israel was originally no different than any other location. Rav Hirsch, however, adds that it was actually worse: seeing two major famines in two subsequent generations tells us that when the Land of Israel is simply left to nature, it doesn’t do so well. (He notes that, in this respect, it is not dissimilar to the Jewish people.) To read more at the Jewish Press, click here.
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