Love of the Land

For the week ending 17 July 2010 / 5 Av 5770

Yarkon River

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Emanating from the springs of Rosh Ha'ayin the Yarkon flows through the environs of Petach Tikvah, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv into the Mediterranean.

First mentioned in the Book of Yehoshua in regard to the part of the land inherited by the Tribe of Dan, the river is believed to be named for the green vegetation (yerek) which grows along its banks.

A major battle of World War One between British and Turkish forces was waged for control of the Yarkon crossings.

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