Love of the Land

For the week ending 20 June 2009 / 27 Sivan 5769

Chatzor Ha-Gelilit Tomb of the Circle Maker

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

When Jews in Eretz Yisrael were in desperate need of rain they turned to the saintly Choni Ha-Me'Aggel to pray on their behalf.

His name – “The Circle Maker” – stems from his practice of drawing a circle around himself and refusing to leave it until rain came pouring down.

His tomb in the northern city of Chatzor adjoins those of two of his grandsons, Abba Chilkiyah and Chanan HaNichba, who also achieved fame for their ability to bring rain through their prayers.

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