Love of the Land

For the week ending 13 June 2009 / 20 Sivan 5769

Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

East of Tel Jericho are the remains of an ancient synagogue whose name was "Peace Upon Israel".

The name stemmed from a beautiful mosaic inscription with the Hebrew words Shalom Al Yisrael.

The synagogue was established some time between the fifth and eighth centuries and was possibly destroyed in the powerful earthquake of 747.

Next to the mosaic with its menorah and the above-mentioned inscription is another mosaic with a figure of an Aron Kodesh standing on four legs.

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