Answer: Every person with an inclination for spirituality is drawn to the land of Israel. It is especially strong among those who study the wisdom of Kabbalah. People having no relation to this region, its language, or its culture feel that they belong here because this is where they can be fulfilled. It is the law of equivalence manifested, in accordance with branch and root.
There is a spiritual “land of Israel,” the property of bestowal and love, and the corporeal land of Israel that is affected by a special upper force. From this place it spreads throughout the entire world, and this is why it is called the Holy Land.
This force of love and unity, the force of spiritual revelation, manifests only for those people living here who yearn for it. And those who do not, feel bad here: They don’t understand why they live in this place. The air of this land, the force working in this space, either brings a person closer to spirituality or pushes him out. A person finds himself under the influence of spiritual tension and either relates to it or not.
In many generations, those who wanted to conquer Israel couldn’t stay in it. Various peoples used to invade it only to later leave. But today there is new reality being built here. Those who do not belong to it flee, while those who haven’t clearly discerned wander. They leave and come back, again and again returning, checking themselves.
In truth, the entire nation of Israel was initially formed from the people of Babylon whose forefather Abraham gathered those around him according to the law of “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Therefore, love is our only connection. If we are not bound by love, we are not a nation, but rather just separate, unrelated individuals held together by hatred of the whole world.
How long this wandering will continue depends on the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah which explains to people the reason for their actions. They don’t really know why they suddenly depart from this land and later return. But if they understand that it occurs in order to assess whether they belong with the people of Israel and to fulfill their function in the plan of creation, the only purpose of human existence in this world, then all the wandering will cease. With the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah, they will strengthen the influence of the upper force on themselves, thereby hastening development, settling here, and realizing their destiny.
From a TV Program “Ask the Kabbalist” 04/04/2010