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Kiryat Shemona

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Love of the Land
Selections from classical Torah sources
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KIRYAT SHEMONA

Ever wonder at the meaning of the name of this northernmost city, which was always in the news because of katyusha attacks from terrorists in Lebanon?

Back in 1920, Josef Trumpaldor, founder of the Hechalutz pioneer movement in Russia, died along with seven other Jews defending the Tel Hai encampment against Arab hordes. The base for this attack was the small Arab village of Halsa. On its site now stands Kiryat Shemona ("The City of Eight") as a memorial to the eight heroes of Tel Hai.



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