Love of the Land

For the week ending 21 August 2010 / 10 Elul 5770

The Transplanted Synagogue

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

In the ancient Babylonian city of Nehardeah there was a famous synagogue called the "Shaf Veyativ". Those Aramaic words referred to the fact that it was built from material brought to Babylon by the lovers of Eretz Yisrael.

When King Yechonyah and his company went into Babylonian exile they brought along with them stones and earth from Jerusalem with which they constructed this synagogue that had the distinction of hosting the Divine Presence even after the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash.

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