Love of the Land

For the week ending 27 January 2007 / 8 Shevat 5767

Ohr Akiva Echo of Martyrdom

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Near Caesaria, on the northern costal plain between Tel Aviv and Haifa, is the city of Ohr Akiva. Named for the Talmudic Sage Rabbi Akiva who was martyred by the Romans in Caesarea, this is a community composed of immigrants to Israel.

The original settlers were North African Jews who were transferred from an immigrant camp in nearby Hadera to the sand dunes of Caesarea. The massive immigration from the former Soviet Union brought many olim immigrants from the Caucasian region to Ohr Akiva and transformed the city into a Russian enclave.

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