Selections from classical Torah sources
which express the special relationship between
the People of Israel and Eretz Yisrael
A major Jewish center in Upper Galilee in older times, Gush Chalav is now a Maronite village. Known in Latin as Giscala and in Arabic as Jish, the Hebrew name (Block of Milk) indicates that it was located in very fertile surroundings. Yochanan Gush Chalav was one of the leaders of the Jewish revolt against the Romans. In a small domed building on the outskirts of the village are the tombs of two great Talmudic sages, Shemaya and Avtalyon, and in the small valley to the east are the relics of an ancient synagogue dating back some 1700 years.
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