Chasam Sofer suggests that the wild animals referred to in the pasuk "V'hishbati chayah ra'ah min ha'aretz" symbolically represent apikorsim and evil doers. Unlike Gan Eden, where G-d had to place a "cherev ha'mishapeches," a sword at the entrance to keep out Adam after he had sinned, the day will come when the kedushas ha'aretz will be so great that it will act as a barrier and prevent the wicked from entering the land even without the threat of a sword, "V'cherev lo ya'avor b'artzechem."
Happy Yom Yerushalayim!
Sunday, June 05, 2016
Chasam Sofer: kedushas Eretz Yisrael greater than Gan Eden
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