“He ensconced him above the heights of the Land” (Dt.32:13)—
referring to the Land of Israel,
which is higher than all other lands.
Accordingly, it is stated:
“Let us ascend immediately, to possess it!” (Nu.13:30).
And He says:
“And they ascended and scouted the Land,
ascending through the Negev, and reaching Hebron” (Nu.13:21-22).
And in conclusion, it is said:
“They ascended from Egypt” (Gn.45:25).
“And he ate the yield of My fields” (Dt.32:13)—
these are the fruits of the Land of Israel,
which are easier to digest than the fruits of all other lands.
“And He suckled him on honey from a boulder” (Dt.32:13)—
as in Sikhnin2 and its neighboring villages.
It once happened that
R. Judah said to his son:
Go and bring me dried figs from the barrel!
Father! This barrel has honey in it!
If you really dig around in there,
you’ll be able get figs from it.
“And oil from a flinty rock” (Dt.32:13)—
this refers to the olives of Gush Khalav3.
It once happened thatYose said to his son in Sepphoris:
R. Yose said to his son in Sepphoris:
Go and bring us olives from the attic!
He went and discovered the attic
over-flowing with oil.