The Essential Connection Between the Jews and the Land of Israel

The Rav Kook writes about the deep and essential connection between Am Yisrael, the Jewish People, and the Land of Israel in many of his writings. The first chapter of Rav Kook's work, "Orot Israel", lays out the fundamental understanding that the Jewish People's connection to the Land of Israel is an intrinsic one, and not a means to an end. The connection to Eretz Israel itself, the Land of Israel, is an objective and stand-alone goal in itself. 

What is the difference between living in Israel and living Abroad? How can we see the essential difference today? Is there any added value living a Jewish lifestyle in Israel or Abroad?

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