Love of the Land

For the week ending 10 September 2011 / 10 Elul 5771

Aviah Son of Yeravam One in a Family

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The only one of the family of Yeravam who had a normal burial was his son Aviah who passed away as a young man. This family was one that established the Kingdom of Yisrael. The violent deaths that Heaven visited upon this household were punishment for subverting the people to idol worship. Aviah too had been appointed by his father to serve as a sentry to prevent Jews from his kingdom from making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Three Festivals. But he defied his father’s orders, abandoned his post, and joined the crowds going to the Beit Hamikdash.

The Zohar adds that because G-d saw that Aviah did such a good thing, he removed him from the world before he could become corrupted in order that he would inherit the World-to-Come.

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