Love of the Land

Petach Tikva

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Love of the Land
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PETACH TIKVA

Founded in 1878 by chareidi Jews from Jerusalem, this so-called "Mother of Agricultural Settlements" has developed into one of Israel's major urban centers. Its name comes from the prophecy of Hoshea (2:17) "I shall give her vineyards from there and the Valley of Achor for a petach tikva (door of hope)." The pioneers who established this, the oldest Jewish agricultural settlement of modern Israel, fought a heroic battle against malarial swamps, and the area's citrus abundance and industrial activity are living monuments to their fortitude. Petach Tikva has a substantial religious community and boasts one of the country's leading yeshivot, Yeshivat Ohr Yisrael.



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