Love of the Land

For the week ending 17 February 2007 / 29 Shevat 5767

Bnei Ayish The Hebrew Heart

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
In the south of Israel is a rural settlement called Bnei Ayish.

The Hebrew letters that make up the second half of this name are abbreviations of the name Akiva Yosef ShHlesinger.

A colorful Torah personality who settled in Jerusalem upon his arrival from Eastern Europe, Rabbi Shlesinger wrote a well-known work that he called Lev Ivri – Heart of a Hebrew. He is famous for having written a manifesto for the creation of a Jewish state based on Torah Law.

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