Love of the Land

For the week ending 5 April 2008 / 29 Adar II 5768

Gush Chalav Tomb of Akdamut Author

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

One of the highlights of the Shavuot morning service is the melodic chanting of Akdamut, a lengthy Aramaic poem that praises G-d and describes the reward for the righteous in the end of days.

The author of Akdamut is Rabbi Meir ben Yitzchak, a twelfth century shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) for his German community, and his tomb is in Gush Chalav, about 2.5 miles north of the Meron Junction on Route 89.

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