Love of the Land

Love of the Land - Bnei Brak

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Love of the Land
Selections from classical Torah sources
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the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael

BNEI BRAK

Mentioned as one of the cities in the portion of the Tribe of Dan (Yehoshua 19:45), Bnei Brak is famous in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 32b) as the seat of Rabbi Akiva's court, and in the Pesach Haggada as the site of the all-night Pesach Seder of Rabbi Akiva and his distinguished colleagues.

The city had an agricultural dimension as well, as appears from the account (Kesuvos 111b) of the Sage Rami bar Yechezkel who declared that he understood the meaning of the Torah's description of Eretz Yisrael as a "land flowing with milk and honey" after witnessing a scene during a visit to Bnei Brak. He observed goats grazing beneath fig trees. The honey oozing from the very ripe figs merged with the milk dripping from the goats and formed a stream of milk and honey.

The Bnei Brak of today was established in 1924 by charedi Jews from Poland, and is famed for its many yeshivos and Chassidic communities.


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