Since there are many commandments that are to be observed only within the Land of Israel, G‑d then described its exact boundaries.
Seizing the Day
זֹאת הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר תִּפֹּל לָכֶם בְּנַחֲלָה וגו': (במדבר לד:ב)
This is the land that will fall to you [by lot] as an inheritance. Numbers 34:2

The use of the verb “to fall” (tipol) to describe how the Land of Israel becomes ours teaches us an important lesson.

The fact that we are obligated to perform certain commandments only within the Land of Israel alludes to the fact that we can perform G‑d’s commandments and elevate material reality only during our physical lifetime. We do not have this opportunity before and after our souls are within our bodies, even though our souls are alive before birth and live on after death.

Relative to the idyllic existence that our souls enjoy in their heavenly abode before birth, the difficult and challenging lives we must lead in the physical world can indeed seem to be a “fall” from a former height. But by utilizing all our powers to capitalize on the unique opportunity that is ours only in this world, we help G‑d achieve His purpose in Creation, fulfill the purpose of our existence, and also vastly enhance our ability to absorb the Divine revelations that await us in the afterlife.1