Love of the Land

For the week ending 22 March 2003 / 18 Adar II 5763

Nevot the Yizre'elite The Voice that Failed

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Nevot is known to every student of Biblical history as the tragic victim of the avaricious idol-worshipping King Achav. When Nevot refused to sell to King Achav his vineyard adjoining the royal winter palace, Achav followed the suggestion of his wicked wife Izevel (Jezebel). He framed him on a false charge of blasphemy and had him executed so that he could then appropriate the desired property.

The Midrash states that Nevot was thus punished by Heaven for withholding his beautiful voice from serving G-d. When he would make his regular pilgrimage to Yerushalayim during the Festivals people would gather to hear him sing praises to Heaven. It was after he was negligent and failed to travel once to Yerushalayim and share his talent with those who came to the Beit Hamikdash that this tragedy befell him.

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