Sources in Jewish text for the Land of Israel
Genesis 15; 1, 5-7, 18-21
Genesis 12; 1-3
Exodus 13; 5
Exodus 3;7-8 and Exodus 6;1-8
Numbers 14;2-4 and Numbers 14;29-34
R. Moses Isserles (widely know as "Remah". He was a 16th century Polish legal-"halakhic" authority) addendum to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 560;2
"And there are places in which it is customary to break a cup under the canopy ("chuppah")".
Shulchan Aruch, Ibid:
"And all of these things are meant to remind us of Jerusalem as it says "If I forget you, 0 Jerusalem... if I do not keep Jerusalem in memory even at my happiest hour."
Bab. Talmud, Ketubot 112a
"When R. Zera went up to the land of Israel and could not find a ferry wherein to cross [a certain river], he grasped a rope bridge and crossed. Thereupon a certain Sadducee sneered at him: "Hasty people, that put your mouths before your ears, you are still as ever, clinging to your hastiness. "The spot", the former replied, "which Moses and Aaron were not worthy [of entering] who could assure me that I should be worthy [of entering]?
R. Abba used to kiss the cliffs of Acco then R. Hiyya rolled himself in its dust, for it is said in Scripture "your servants take delight in its stones and cherish its dust (Psalms 102;15)."
Sifrei, Deuteronomy 80 (a Rabbinic exegesis usually focusing on legal sections of Deuteronomy. Most likely written in the 2nd century C.E.)
"A story is told about R. Judah b. Betairah, R. Mattiah b. Harash, R. Hannaniah the nephew of R. Joshua and R. Jonathon. When they left Israel and arrived at Paltum and remembered the land of Israel, their eyes were raised and were brimmed with tears, they tore their clothes and recited the verse "occupy it and settle it and take care to observe all the laws and the rules... (Deut. 11;31 )". They declared: "settling the land of Israel is equivalent to all of the commandments of the Torah."
R. Yehuda Halevi (a twelfth century Spanish Jewish poet and philosopher) from the poem "Ode to Zion"
"Zion! wilt thou not ask if peace be with thy captives
That seek thy peace - that are the remnant of thy flocks?
From west and east, from north and south -the greeting
"Peace" from far and near, take thou from every side;
And greeting from the captive of desire, giving his tears like dew
Of Hermon, and longing to let them fall upon thine hills.
To wail for thine affliction I am like the jackals; but when I dream
Of the return of thy captivity, I am a harp for thy songs...
There the Presence abideth in thee; yea, there thy Maker
Opened thy gates to face the gates of heaven.
And the Lord's glory alone was thy light;
No sun nor moon nor stars were luminants for thee.
I would choose for my soul to pour itself out within that place
Where the spirit of God was outpoured upon thy chosen...
Would I might be wandering in the places where
God was revealed unto thy seeres and messengers.
O who will make me wings, that I may fly afar,
And lay the ruins of my cleft heart among thy broken cliffs!
I would fall, with my face upon thine earth and take delight
In thy stones and be tender to thy dust.
Yea, more, when standing by my fathers' tombs
I would marvel, in Hebron, over the chosen of thy graves.
I would pass into thy forest and thy fruifful field, and stand
Within thy Gilead, and wonder at thy mount beyond...
The life of souls is the air of thy land, and of pure myrrh
The grains of thy dust, and honey from the comb thy rivers.
Sweet would it be unto my soul to walk naked and barefoot
Upon the desolate ruins where thy holiest dwellings were...
Thy God hath desired thee for a dwelling place; and happy is the man
Whom He chooseth and bringeth near that he may rest within thy courts.
Happy is he that waiteth, that cometh nigh and seeth the rising
Of thy light, when on him thy dawn shall break..."