Love of the Land

For the week ending 29 May 2010 / 15 Sivan 5770

Ma’aleh Adumim – A Bloody Past

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

One of the areas which have become centers of controversy regarding Israeli construction is Ma’aleh Adumim on the outskirts of Yerushalayim.

The literal translation of Ma’aleh Adumim is "Red Heights". The name is a reference to the color of the earth in the area, and legend has it that this color stems from the large amount of blood which was shed there by robbers who attacked pilgrims and travelers on their way to Yerushalayim.

Ma’aleh Adumim has developed into a thriving suburb of Israel's capital.

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