Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
This, the name of the most southerly settlement in Israel, appears several times in Tanach. It is mentioned (Devarim 2:8) as one of the stations of Israel’s journey from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael. It appears again as a geographical designation for the adjoining port of Etzion Gever where King Solomon’s navy carried on commerce with a neighboring country (Melachim I 9:26) and again in connection with King Yehoshafat’s ill-fated attempt to send ships to Ophir for gold (Melachim I 22:49).
Modern Eilat serves as the country’s Red Sea port and has developed into a town with permanent residents. Its main claim to fame, however, is as a popular tourist attraction both for Israelis and visitors from abroad.
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