3 Precious Gifts, and All of Them Were Given Only Through Sufferings. These are: The Torah, the Land of Israel and the World to Come.

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Talmud – Mas. Berachoth 5a as translated by https://halakhah.com/pdf/zeraim/Berachoth.pdfIt has been taught: R. Simeon b. Yohai says: The Holy One, blessed be He, gave Israel three
precious gifts, and all of them were given only through sufferings. These are: The Torah, the Land of
Israel and the world to come. Whence do we know this of the Torah? — Because it is said: Happy is
the man whom Thou chastenest, o Lord, and teachest him out of Thy law.34 Whence of the Land of
Israel? — Because it is written: As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee,35
and after that it is written: For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land.36 Whence of the
world to come? — Because it is written: For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light,
and reproofs of sufferings are the way of life.37


(34) Ps. XCIV, 12.
(35) Deut. VIII, 5.
(36) Ibid. v. 7.
(37) Prov. VI, 23.

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