The Land of Israel: Land of Our Heritage: The Land Flowing With Milk and Honey:
Why is Israel called a "land flowing with milk and honey"?
The phrase was used to describe the Promised Land when the Jews were still in Egypt (Ex. 3:8,17;13:5) and
many times when they were in the desert (Ex. 33:3; Lev. 20:24; Num. 13:27;14:8;16:14; Deut.
6:3;11:9;26:9,15;27:3;31:20). When the phrase is used for the first time, Nahmanides explains that it's a way
of dramatizing the fertility and productivity of the land; the abundance of milk indicates that the cattle thrive
on the good air, water, and pasturage, and that the fruit is so rich and sweet that its juices drip like honey.
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