Love of the Land - A City and a Throne
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
A CITY AND A THRONE
Omri was the general at the head of the army of the Kingdom of Israel. When a junior officer by the name of Zimri rebelled against the king and usurped the throne, the people crowned Omri who crushed the rebellion and reigned as king for seven years. Why did Omri merit this greatness?
The answer is found in the account of Omri purchasing a hill in Shomron and building a new city on it (Melachim 1 16:24). Because Omri added one city to Eretz Yisrael, he rose to become a king.
(Mesechta Sanhedrin 102b)
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