Love of the Land

For the week ending 19 May 2007 / 2 Sivan 5767

Biriyah Tombs of the Great

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Less than a mile north of Tsefat is Biriyah where two great figures in Jewish history are buried.

One is Benayahu ben Yehoyada, who was one of King David's most important aides both as a scholar and a warrior, and whose great deeds and holiness are described in the Talmud and the Zohar.

The other is the Talmudic Sage Abba Shaul. In addition to his great scholarship he was proud of his role as a gravedigger, about which he once said "The evil inclination can't be found in the cemetery."

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