Love of the Land

For the week ending 12 May 2007 / 24 Iyyar 5767

Kfar Chananiah (Anan) Tomb or Tribute?

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
In the northern Arab village of Anan, previously known as Kfar Chananiah, is a burial cave which some researchers claim is the tomb of the Talmudic Sage Rabbi Chananiah ben Akashia. Others dismiss this claim and say that the village was merely named in honor of the Sage whose famous statement about G-d giving Israel Torah and mitzvot in order to confer merit upon them is repeated at the end of a learning session before reciting the special kaddish derabanan.

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