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  1. Dear Daniel

    What the Talmud actually says is: “One who walks a distance of four cubits (approximately 6 – 8 feet) in the Land of Israel is assured of being a ben olam haba – heir to the World to Come.” Because of the intrinsic Holiness of the Land of Israel, a person gains spiritual merit by merely walking here.

    So, each step is a step towards “walking four cubits” in the Land of Israel, but unless you have a really big stride, you can’t do it all in one step.

    Sources:

    • Ketuvot 111a
    • Maharal Chidushei Aggadot 1:168

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team