The Risky Longshot and
The Dying Certainty
What sustained us in our bitter exile was the thought of the Land. When we forgot about settling in the Land, we ourselves were forgotten like the dead. Hearts stopped yearning for the Land, imagining that they had found a new Land of Israel and a new Jerusalem. They completely forgot that they were in exile, and they mixed with the people among whom they lived and learned their ways, finally assimilating into them.
Rabbi Yaacov Emden ( 1697- 1776)