Love of the Land

For the week ending 21 June 2008 / 18 Sivan 5768

Ariel Tomb of a Faithful Spy

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Next to Ariel on the Trans-Samaria Highway is the village of Cheress where tradition has it that Caleiv ben Yefuneh is buried.

Caleiv was one of the twelve spies sent by Moshe to inspect the Land promised to Israel by G-d. When ten of them tried to discourage the people by slandering the Promised Land it was Caleiv who bravely defied them and tried to convince the people with the truth.

He was head of the Tribe of Yehuda when Jews finally entered Eretz Yisrael and inherited Chevron as a reward for his faithfulness.

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