Love of the Land

For the week ending 7 July 2007 / 21 Tammuz 5767

Avnit Tomb of Rav Chisda

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
An unmarked grave in Avnit, less than a mile from Zefat, is assumed to be the resting place of the great Talmudic Sage Rav Chisda.

A disciple of Rav Huna and his successor as the head of the great yeshiva of Sura, Rav Chisda was so constantly immersed in Torah study that the Angel of Death was unable to overcome him. His opportunity finally came when he distracted Rav Chisda by causing a tree near his place of study to crash with a loud noise.

Although he spent a lifetime learning and teaching Torah in Babylon, he, like his master Rav Huna, was buried in Eretz Yisrael.

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