ke Egypt from which the Jewish people has left and differs spiritually from the land as it had been during the Canaanite days. A relative once visited from Israel when we lived in Albany. I asked him how did Israel compare tothe United State. He answered, without a moment's hesitation, we have everything in Israel that you have in America, just we have it in compact size; you have Howe's Caverns- we have Marat Hanitifim; you have the Grand Canyon - we have Mmachtesh Haqgadol; you have Mt. McKinley - we have Har Tabor; you have ocean, desert and farmland - so do we , only in smaller size. The only thing he conceded Israel did not have was 7-Up.
I saw him a few years later when we lived in California. I reminded him of our conversation and asked if anything had changed. Yes, he said, now we have Tempo Lavan, a 7-Up knockoff. Now he said there is absolutely nothing that we don't have in Israel. By the way, this was before American brands were licensed in Israel. Now their is a surfeit of American sodas, foods, etc. of every major brand.
This attitude that Tzvi Yarmos a"h had about the Land of Israel not not just admirable, but one that we should emulate. "U'reh b'tuvYerushalayim" is a blessing that we should merit to see the good of Yerushalayim. It may also be understood as "You should see Good in Yerushalayim." May we always see good, not necessarily as Pollyanna, but to look at everything and everyone with the proverbial "good eye" and thereby bring b'racha on ourselves and our loved ones.
Rabbi Eliezer Langer