Location of Prophecy

August 17, 2011 | by Aish.com

You wrote previously that Israel is the only land conducive to prophecy, the highest level of communion with God. All the prophets either received prophecies in Israel, or prophecies that related to the Land of Israel.

Yet the prophet Ezekiel lived in Babylon and prophesied there. Isn't that a contradiction?

The Aish Rabbi Replies

Actually, before the Jewish people settled in Israel, prophecy existed everywhere if the person deserved it. Hence Abraham, Moses, Aaron, etc. all prophesied before ever having entered Israel.

Once the Jewish people officially entered Israel, prophecy could only be achieved in Israel. In the case of Ezekiel (Yechezkel), since he prophesied initially in Israel, he was able to continue to have prophecies outside as well. (source: Rashi – Ezekiel 1:3)


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