Love of the Land - Beit Shemesh
Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
This large development town has become, for many religious Jews, a virtual suburb of Jerusalem. Historically, it was tied to Israel's capital in another way.
When the Philistines took the holy ark from the Israelites, they were so frightened by the havoc which Heaven visited upon them that they sent the ark back to Israel on a wagon drawn by animals without a human driver. The wagon headed for Beit Shemesh where it was received with great rejoicing.
From Beit Shemesh the ark was eventually carried
to Kiryat Yearim, and then to Jerusalem under the direction of
Written by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach, Dean, Ohr Somayach Institutions
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