Love of the Land

For the week ending 10 November 2007 / 29 Heshvan 5768

Amuka Search for a Soul-mate

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Single people from all over Israel and the world come to pray at the tomb of Rabbi Yonatan ben Uziel in Amuka, an unpopulated area north of Tsefat. Tradition has it that those without spouses or children have found their salvation as a result of heartfelt prayers said at the tomb of the great Talmudic Sage.

Although there is no clear connection between this Sage and the power of these particular prayers the Talmud tells us a few things about this extraordinary Torah achievement. When this outstanding disciple of Hillel studied Torah the fiery energy of his Torah singed the wings of a bird flying overhead.

He is best known, however, for his translation of the Torah and Prophets into Aramaic.

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