Love of the Land - Antipatris
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
Antipatris (or Antiparis as it appears in the Talmud) is linked to a holiday of Second Temple days known as "Mount Gerizim Day" held on the 25th of the month of Teves.
The Jew-hating Kuttites (Samaritans) in Eretz Yisrael incited Alexander the Great to destroy the Beis Hamikdash, and he began marching at the head of his army towards Jerusalem to do their bidding. When the kohen gadol, Shimon Hatzadik, learned of this, he donned his high priestly garments and, together with Jerusalem notables, walked all night to meet this force. The two finally met at Antipatris where Alexander descended from his royal chariot and prostrated himself before Shimon Hatzadik, explaining that it was this vision which led him to victory in all his battles. The tables were then turned on the Kuttites as the destruction which they planned for the Beis Hamikdash was visited instead upon their shrine on Mount Gerizim.
Built on the ruins of the Biblical city Aphek, site
of a great battle between Israel and the Philistines recorded
in the Book of Samuel, Antiparis is mentioned in the Talmudic
description of the proliferation of Torah study during the reign
of King Chizkiyahu: "They checked from Dan to Beersheba
(north to south) and found not one unlearned Jew; from Geves to
Antiparis (east to west) and found not a single child or adult
unlearned in the laws of purity.
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
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