Question: After entering the Land of Israel, a good period began for the Jewish people for some time. As Philo of Alexandria writes in the 3rd century BC: “Thousands of people from different cities come to the Temple to cleanse their hearts, make connections with other people and find evidence of eternal unity.”
In The Book of D’varim (Deuteronomy), it is written that the sages speak of the nations of the world who were shocked by such relationships between people and asked to join the people of Israel.
What did the nations of the world see in the relations between the Jewish people, and how was this manifested externally?
Answer: Externally, this was manifested in the fact that, first, there was favor on the part of nature, on the part of the world, on the climate, in all that a person needs to exist correctly and happily on earth.
Second, the Jews were in good connection with each other, and this did not require strict decrees, coercion, and prodding. Everything worked in harmony.
Therefore, this was also reflected on Earth, in society, in raising children, and so on. It was, indeed, a very favorable period between the time when the people returned from the exile and the time when they again began to quarrel with each other.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19