Love of the Land

For the week ending 26 May 2007 / 9 Sivan 5767

Yarcha Tomb of a Loyal Hero

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Chushai Ha'Arki is described in the Book of Shmuel as the loyal supporter of King David who played an instrumental role in foiling the rebellion of Avshalom against his father. By countering the wise counsel of Achitophel with strategic advice that appealed to Avshalom as even wiser, he succeeded in convincing him to take a step that led to his destruction.

His tomb, which is located in the village of Yarcha, some four miles northeast of the Achihud Junction, was reportedly visited in 1742 by the great Torah commentator and kabbalist Rabbi Chaim ben Attar who studied Torah and prayed together with his disciples at the site.

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